Staff Weekly Update
For the Week of March 9th, 2015
It's Starting To Feel Like Spring . . .
Connie & Martha
From Te@chThought: The Real Problem with Multiple Choice Questions
- MC questions "force" a right answer . . . they don't honor & value uncertainty.
- There is nothing wrong with be uncertain!
- In the world of 21st Century learning, we are always connecting with others.
- Connecting with others, allows us to connect with other ideas.
- Yet, MC questions are right or wrong - they are binary.
- This binary condition ignores the fluid nature of information.
Hmmm . . . don't agree with this article? Do you believe is a right and wrong? To some degree this is correct, but we must be stewards of global thinking - not absolute thinking! Check out this 3 min. Ted Talk to understand how there IS "flip side" to much of what we learn!
249 Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs For Critical Thinking
Bloom’s Taxonomy’s verbs–also known as power verbs or thinking verbs–are extraordinarily powerful instructional planning tools.
For example, if a standard asks students to infer and demonstrate an author’s position using evidence from the text, there’s a lot built into that kind of task. First a student has to be able to define what an “author’s position” is and what “evidence from the text” means (Knowledge-level). They’ll then need to be able to summarize that same text (Understanding-level), interpret and infer any arguments or positions (Analysis-level), evaluate inherent claims (Evaluation-level), and then write (Creation-level) a response that demonstrates their thinking.
Though the chart below reads left to right, it’s ideal to imagine it as a kind of incline, with Knowledge at the bottom, and Create at the top. It also works ideally as an assessment design tool. If students can consistently work with the topic in the columns to the right–designing, recommending, differentiating, comparing and contrasting, and so on, then they likely have a firm grasp on the material.
Click here to read the rest of this great (and short!) article from Te@chThought.
Calendar Items & Reminders
- 2nd Grade Balloon Launch! Two of our second graders will be accompanying Ryan LaPlante for this event!
- 9:15 - 10:00 - Crisis Team Debrief meeting - conf. room
- 12:30 - 2:30 - Literacy Coach's meeting - PVE
- 8:00 - Staff Meeting! Thank you, Melinda Strawmyer, for hosting this meeting! Connie will email out more details on Sunday!
- 9:30 - 10:30 - Leadership Team 1 Meeting - Farley @ ESC
- 2:15 - 3:00 - Peanut Allergy Meeting - Largent, Cox, Fitzpatrick, Twitty - Conf. Room
- 8:10 - 9:40 - Initial Case Conference - conf. room
- 6:00 - 7:30 - Family Science Night
- *ALL DAY* - Jim McMillan @ SGE!!! Connie will email out with more details on Sunday!
- 8:00 - RtI for 2nd/3rd
- 3:45 - 4:45 - PTO Meeting
- Jeans & Pay Day!
- End of 3rd Quarter! (3/19 @ 8am - Teacher deadline to post grades & 3/20 - Grades available for parents to view on Misi-PEP
- 1:30 - 2:15 - Connie in meeting - Connie's office
- 7-11PM - SGE/PTO Silent Auction Event!
- It's still not too late to purchase tickets! Click here.
- It will take place in The Cardinal Room, at the Golf Club of Indiana
- Address: Golf Club of Indiana, 6905 South 525 East, Lebanon, IN 46052