Hi-Five Friday

APRIL

Building Goal #1: WRITING

Building Goal #2: FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT

Individual Whiteboards

Individual slates or whiteboards are a great way to hold all students in the class accountable for the work. They actively involve students in the learning and are a terrific tool for assessment and immediate feedback. When students complete their work and hold their whiteboard up, the teacher can quickly determine who is understanding and who needs help. Individual whiteboards are easy to make from melamine or tile board which are usually carried at a local home supply store.

Links for Individual Whiteboards:

Education World: Whiteboards Stimulate Student Learning

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson251.shtml

Using Individual Whiteboards in the Math Classroom

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1064895/using_individual_whiteboards_in_the.html?cat=15

Using White Boards: Fun Ideas for Reading & Language Arts

http://www.brighthub.com/education/k-12/articles/4730.aspx

Teachnet.com: White Boards

http://www.teachnet.com/how-to/manage/082398.html

Teaching Tools: 7 Ways to Use Individual Student Whiteboards

http://www.minds-in-bloom.com/2010/02/7-ways-to-use-individual-student.html

Building Goal #3: BLENDED LEARNING

Visual Representations

There are several forms of visual representation, or nonlinguistic representation, but one that offers assessment data for the teacher is the use of drawing. Graphic organizers can be used as visual representations of concepts in the content areas. Many of the graphic organizers contain a section where the student is expected to illustrate his/her idea of the concept. The Mind Map requires that students use drawings, photos or pictures from a magazine to represent a specific concept. The Verbal and Visual Word Association (VVWA) asks students to illustrate a vocabulary term. Both of these offer the teacher a quick was of assessing student depth of understanding regarding a specific concept.

Links for Visual Representation:

Painting Poetry: Using Visual Representation as a Response to Literature

http://198.104.156.44/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=780

The Role of Visual Representation in the Assessment of Learning

http://www.readingonline.org/newliteracies/lit_index.asp?HREF=/newliteracies/jaal/2-04_column/index.html

Research on Graphic Organizers

http://www.mentoringminds.com/pdf/pdfGraphicOrganizersResearch.pdf

Classroom Instruction That Works: Nonlinguistic Representations
http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/101010/chapters/Nonlinguistic-Representations.aspx

Putting the Pieces Together: Using Non-Linguistic Representations

http://gets.gc.k12.va.us/vste/2008/5nonlinguistic.htm

Five Great Tools for Marzano's Strategies: Nonlinguistic Representation

http://blog.esu10.org/dstall/2010/02/01/5-great-tools-for-marzanos-strategies-nonlinguistic-representation/

Building Goal #4: HIGHER ORDER QUESTIONING

Questioning

Asking better questions affords students an opportunity for deeper thinking and provides teachers with significant insight into the degree and depth of student understanding. Questions of this nature engage students in classroom dialogue that expands student learning. Questions should go beyond the typical factual questions requiring recall of facts or numbers. Paul Black, a noted authority on formative assessment, suggests that "more effort has to be spent in framing questions that are worth asking: that is, questions which explore issues that are critical to the development of students' understanding." (Black et al., 2003)

Links for Questioning:

Tips for Teachers - Asking Good Questions

http://www.edb.utexas.edu/minliu/pbl/TIPS/question.html#hots

Questioning Techniques: Research-Based Strategies for Teachers

http://onramp.nsdl.org/eserv/onramp:1244/oct08_pl_tas.html

Edutopia: The Right Way to Ask Questions in the Classroom

http://www.edutopia.org/asking-students-good-questions

Inviting Student Engagement with Questioning
http://www.redorbit.com/news/education/258931/inviting_student_engagement_with_questioning/

Using "Think Time" and "Wait Time" Skillfully in the Classroom

http://www.ericdigests.org/1995-1/think.htm