Teaching & Learning

January 2016

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Please remember to submit a support ticket for ANYTHING technology related! https://www.talawanda.org/support-desk

Congratulations to the grant winners, all items have been ordered! You will be contacted as they arrive.

Thanks for your patience as we adjust to the new tech situation. Tickets are being taken care of as soon as possible.


1. Please make sure you are reporting ANY chromebook issue, nothing is too small!

2. Submit student login issues to the correct google spreadsheets.

3. Be sure to backup your laptops.

Gifted News

* The gifted operating standards revision is now underway after being on hold for two years. The new draft is a much-pared-down version of current standards and removes several elements of the current standards. The Ohio Association of Gifted Children is rejecting the draft and providing recommendations. To see these documents please visit http://oagc.com/advocacyupdates.asp

* After School Foreign Language begins January 26th and will run through April 19th. We are offering seven languages this year: Italian, Chinese, German, Japanese, American Sign Language, French and Spanish. Currently we have 36 Miami instructors and nearly 200 Talawanda students signed up!

* Destination Imagination - we have 8 elementary teams this year. Teams are working on their challenges and will present their solutions on Saturday, March 19th at the regional tournament held at Miami University. If you are interested in being an appraiser or volunteering please contact me.

Ten Tips for Writing Common Formative Assessments

Here's ten tips that I pulled from Common Formative Assessment that might help to strengthen the assessment practices of your learning teams:

1. Remember that getting information quickly and easily is essential.

2. Write your assessments and scoring rubrics together even if that means you initially deliver fewer common assessments.

3. Assess ONLY the learning targets that you identified as essential.

4. Ask at least 3 questions for each learning target that you are trying to test.

5. Test mastery of no more than 3 or 4 learning targets per assessment.

6. Clearly tie every single question to an essential learning target.

7. Choose assessment types that are appropriate for the content or skills that you are trying to measure.

8. When writing multiple choice questions, use wrong answer choices to highlight common misconceptions.

9. When writing constructed response questions, provide students with enough context to be able to answer the question.

10. Make sure that higher level questions ask students to apply knowledge and/or skills in new situations.

11. First 10 people to leave a comment below will be rewarded.

For the whole article: Ten Tips for Writing Common Formative Assessments