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Thursday, October 8, 2015

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Teaching Construct 3.2: Assessment

Last week we discussed starting with the end in mind when planning instruction. Traditionally, we picture the end of a lesson or a unit involving some sort of summative assessment. However, assessments do not always have to be summative. The goal of summative assessment is to evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit by comparing it against some standard or benchmark, but is it enough to simply have an autopsy report of student learning? Many times, it's too late by then!

I would encourage you to utilize formative assessments throughout lessons and units in addition to your summative assessments. The goal of formative assessment is to monitor student learning to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by instructors to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning.

In the link below, there are 10 quick, easy, and fun ways to formatively check for student understanding. The biggest benefit of integrating these into your practice is that students will internalize the habit of monitoring their understanding and adjusting accordingly! If you click on the link in the introductory paragraph, it will take you to a more extensive list of 53 fun-filled strategies!
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What's Next for Mentoring?

We will start our 3rd round of observations next week. While Round 2 provided you a general overview, through our follow-up conversations, we are starting to and will continue to narrow our focus. This will guide us towards identifying your goal for the year! After you sign up for your observation time, I will send you a list of possible specifics that I could take data on. Please do not feel like you are limited to my suggestions! Let me know if something is not on the list that you would prefer, and I will figure out a system to collect data for you! Please limit look-fors to 1 or 2 things so that I can get accurate data :) Click HERE to sign up!

For those of you who are interested in observing another teacher for a half day, we will start that right after conferences. Be thinking of the subject area you'd like to observe. Our look-for will match the one we establish for your own classroom.

Also, don't forget to send me your plan for your 4 ETMs if you haven't already done so. If you are unsure about which ETMs are available or how to sign up for them, go to for all of that information. Information for how to write and submit your reflection are also included on that page. Don't forget that part- that's what will get you the credit for attending!

Some up and coming face-to-face ETMs are as follows:
  • 10/21/15 K-5 Differentiated Math Centers

A Little Something Extra to Make you Laugh

How NOT to grade your assessments/assignments!
Mr. D