Fostering 21st Century Learning
Strategies & Techniques
Created By: Monique R. Mitchell
EDU650: Teaching Learning and Leading in the 21st Century Professor: Wendell LaTouche
Begin By Familiarizing Yourself And Your Students With The Following Five Strategies
1 - Check For Mastery At The End Of Each Lesson
2 - Plan Activities/Discussions That Help With Retaining Information
3 - Communicate Regularly With Students In Regards To Their Work
4 - Encourage Teamwork and Group Activities
5 - Teach Students How To Check For Errors In Their Own Work
The Purpose of Assessments
Who is supposed to benefit from assessments?
-“Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students” (Lopez, p.97)
A Statement Made By Lopez:
-He goes on to say that our reason for assessing students should be grounded in our commitment to use the information collected in a way that helps us generate greater success for our students
My Personal Perspective
Unanswered Questions Regarding Assessments
I am in the early education field. My whole purpose for continuing my education, is to ensure that I am knowledgeable enough within the field to lead my teaching staff appropriately. One of the questions that Lopez asks in the reading (#4), is if we as teachers are utilizing assessments that we are not educated enough about. This question made me consider some of the situations that I have run into with the Pre-Kindergarten assessments that are required by the state here in Florida.
It is often times very difficult to find lead Pre-kindergarten teachers, because during the screening process I learn that they are not educated enough about the assessments that are required. For example, there are specific ways that letter sounds are to be spoken during the assessments, and specific ways that examples are supposed to be given during this assessment. Many Pre-kindergarten teachers execute the assessment improperly, which is not fair to the student. For these purposes, I always teach my 4 year old pre-kindergarten classes myself, because this is the age group that is required to be formally assessed twice a year.
Lopez's questions can be utilized in both my current and anticipated practice in many ways. The questions all require the educator to re-evaluate their knowledge of assessments and ensure that they are utilizing assessments to benefit the student. Keeping these questions in mind, give me ideas on what to tell my teaching staff to look for and ask themselves when they begin assessing their students. I found these questions very helpful.