Classroom Assessment for Student Learning: Doing it Right - Using it well by: Stiggings, Arter, Chappuis, Chappuis.
Chapter One discussion is tomorrow. Just read it and here are my notes:
Chapter One Title: Classroom Assessment: Every Student a Winner!
- The teaching profession i s a calling
- Assessment can work in positive ways to benefit learning
- Example #1 a good example - teacher worked with students to implement new standards, shared scoring guides written for just students in understandable terms, studied GOOD examples of writing, took a beginning of the year writing sample and end of the year writing sample to a School board meeting to show that a newly adopted program was working.
- Unlucky students story - only direction was to "fill the page" and student only wrote 3/4 way down page, failed assignment regardless of content of writing.
- 2nd Success story - students given copy of final exam plan at beginning of unit, teacher wrote 4-5 test questions each day, students wrote some questions for practice test.
- INVOLVE STUDENTS
- Begin with purpose in mind
- Classroom learning targets are clear and communicated to the students
- Standards, GLE's, etc. in student-friendly language
- Include enough exercises
- Student involvement is critically important
- The most important instructional decisions are by students themselves - OMG that is a mind shift for some! Holy cow!