Tag Archive for student assessment

ProTip Wednesday: 10 Activities to Get to Know Your Students Better

As we close out our month on student engagement strategies, let’s leave with the number one secret weapon your teacher arsenal: getting to know your students. We’ve touched upon this very important subject before: 5 Differentiation Strategies to Increase Engagement 8 Ways to Make Students Care Getting to know students it not just for the…

A Rap on Formative Assessments and Feedback

  Hey I’m here to talk about the formative assessment. Have you heard about this worthwhile investment? Formative assessments are informal checks along the way. Teachers use them to make sure students don’t stray. According to John Hattie, feedback drives student achievement. They are actionable steps that students say are heaven-sent! Some people confuse feedback…

Awesome Examples of Alternative Assessments

Alternative assessments is a shift from traditional paper-and-pencil-based assessments to creative ways of checking for learning. They are also known as authentic assessments which speaks to the real world, authentic experiences that they bring to the classroom. In the spirit of these assessments, we’re skipping the in depth theory and jumping right into examples of…

The Case for Low-Stakes Assessments

Low-stakes assessments are our favorite way to keep up with the real-time progress of your students. But that word—assessments—triggers a complex in every student, educator, and teacher’s brain. Assessments, tests, evaluations… judgment. Low-stakes assessments, like formative assessments, aren’t meant to be scary or judgmental. In fact, this brand of assessment is something you probably do…

The Real Problem with the High-Stakes Testing Debate

We are about to kick off a month of resources and discussion about assessments here on Gradeable.com, and in that spirit, I thought I’d take a few moments to touch on the current hot button in assessment-land: high-stakes testing. Everyone is talking about it: educators, politicians, parents, everyone except maybe the students who are at…

ProTip Wednesday: 5 Ways to Assess Student Understanding

We’ve all been there—you just gave a test and after receiving the results, you bury your head in your hands and ask yourself the big question: “Why didn’t they get it?” The “Getting It” process (also known as learning/achieving/mastering) is a teacher’s main goal —in addition to the other ten thousand other skills you want…

A Standards-Based Learning Chat with @WHSRowe

At our pizza party last month, we had the pleasure of meeting teacher named Rik Rowe who has taken standards-based grading, teaching, and learning and has run with it. Mr. Rowe teaches high school math here in Massachusetts and was kind enough to share his standards-based practices with us. He co-moderates an #SBLchat (formerly #SBGchat)…