M-Powerment Strategy #7

Acquire and Demonstrate Knowledge

MMS Media & Tech Team: Allison Long, Felicia Davis, Elizabeth Stapleton, and Michael Cline

M-Powerment Strategy #7 Highlight:

M7: Aquire and Demonstrate Knowledge

Students demonstrate their knowledge through a variety of assessment tools and instructional strategies to ensure student understanding.


Instructional Strategy: Application of Content through Projects


Instructional Strategy: Interactive Notebooks

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So How Do You Know They Got It? Showing Evidence of Learning

We are in an age of education where proof is required to show true success. Teachers often hear the question: "how do you know your students understand?" As a middle school science teacher of ten years, it would be easy for me to say, "Well, I just do. I'm a good teacher, and I know my kids." This is not enough. We have to show evidence.

I was taken aback initially by the fact that others might not trust that I was certainly capable of ensuring my students understood and mastered material. It was difficult for me to think of tangible ways I could provide evidence of said learning to outsiders. After some time in professional development and discussion with my colleagues, it became clearer and clearer that while teachers might think that they "just know" when their students get it, it is actually impossible to assess their learning without deliberate effort on our part to look for it. Furthermore, it isn't the outsiders for which we should do this; it's our students.

So, then, how do we look for understanding? Of course, there are traditional summative quizzes and tests that provide an opportunity for students to show their learning through essays, multiple choice responses, or fill-in-the-blanks. But while summative assessments are largely important, this is merely one way to assess our students. A problem with summative assessments is, by the time students take this assessment, and by the time it is graded with feedback, it might be too late to intervene. In addition to assessing our students summatively, we must also implement deliberate formative assessment.

Whether it be hand signals and eyes closed in which students show you how well they understand a concept on a rating of 1-5, sentence stems to help them complete a summary of what they learned that day, or five things that they learned illustrated in their instructional notebook, a product from the student needs to be created to give the teacher an idea of what they learned or didn't learn in each lesson.

I have found that it is not the ideas of formative assessment that teachers are lacking, rather it is the intentional effort to draw attention to the understanding that we forget to do in our very busy lives. I firmly believe that leaving this piece of teaching out bears the greatest consequences for all involved.Good teaching must show evidence of learning, or it is not good teaching.


So How Do You Know They Got It? Showing Evidence of Learning

In-text: (Windwehen)

Your Bibliography: Windwehen, Loryn. "So How Do You Know They Got It? Showing Evidence Of Learning". Education Week - Prove It: Math and Education Policy. N.p., 2017. Web. 7 Jan. 2016.

Ideas for Students to Demonstrate Their Understanding:

101 Ways for Students to Show What They Know

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From the Help Desk:

Walking around recently I have noticed a couple issues that need to be addressed. Don't worry the tech police are not writing tickets but if we were, here are a couple things we could ticket you for.

1. Turn off the projector

If you are not going to be in your room and using your projector for an extended period of time PLEASE turn off the projector. The bulbs have a life expectancy and any time they are left on slowly chips away at that time. It won't hurt it to turn it off during your planning or during lunch daily. And definitely turn it off if you are holding class in a different room. Make sure it is also off each afternoon before you leave. Unless you're trying to instruct ghosts overnight there is no need to have it on all night!

2. Let your computer sleep

Going to sleep is beneficial for our bodies and our computers. I know we are all busy and have numerous things going on at once but it is a good idea to restart your computer daily. This gives it time to clear out some junk, fight infections and perform much needed updates. If you don't restart there is a good chance you may miss an important update and your computer will not run as efficiently as it should.

This may sound elementary and it is but sometimes it is good to be reminded.

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