Big data in classrooms, schools, and districts are all about making sense of student information to drive better teaching. These data points may range from attendance to test scores to click rates and there’s technology to crunch these numbers for you. Once these tools tabulate this data, you have a quantitative story on each student.…
These days, it seems like education is overrun with the words ‘assessment’ and ‘accountability.’ It can feel overwhelming, exasperating, and intimidating. Sometimes, all three at once. But, imagine, just for a minute, that none of the institutional machinery of schools existed. None of the politics or policy. That it was just you and your students,…
A former fifth-grade teacher and co-founder of the Teach to One instructional model explains how it enhances the teaching and learning experience.
More on one of our themes this week: project-based learning. We’re big fans!
There’s a big difference between using projects in the classroom versus project-based learning in the classroom. What are those differences, you ask?
From Edudemic: Project-Based Learning is a fluid technique to enhance learning that really looks nothing like projects as they’re described below. For example, in a PBL scenario, the teacher’s work is typically done prior to the start of the project, it’s graded on a clearly defined rubric, and has driving questions that keep the learning going.
What are some of the ways we can make assessment more human? We support Monty’s idea that teacher driven assessments can provide a valuable counterpoint to infrequent standardized testing — in fact that’s what our software is designed to support. Very thoughtful article — worth a read!
Across the nation, a rebellion is brewing against testing overuse and misuse. But just saying “no” isn’t enough. In fact, high-quality feedback from assessment is vital to teaching and learning. Students, teachers and parents need to know whether kids are making progress. Communities and taxpayers deserve to know if schools are serving children well and children are succeeding. To win change, activists must offer proposals for better assessment systems coupled with demands to end harmful practices.