Assessment is both an art and a science. No teacher wants to waste valuable time teaching what students already know, nor do we want to move on when students haven’t yet mastered what we need them to learn.
Assessing at the wrong time, when engagement is high but mastery hasn’t occurred, can halt discovery and curiosity in its tracks. Further, giving grades too early can keep skilled learners from reaching for more and other learners from feeling that success is within their reach.
That’s why this book can be such a valuable resource to all educators—both seasoned and new teachers alike. Teachers will receive the most important foundations to conduct fair and effective assessments. They will receive multiple insights and strategies concerning the best ways to assess in multiple circumstances. And they will learn the best strategies for testing, grading, and giving feedback, as well as how to teach students to be better at self-assessing their own progress.
Each lesson is followed by a journaling activity.
Knowing What To Measure
You Must Measure What Matters The 4 C's Of Assessment Caught Red-Handed: Five Pieces Of Evidence We Can't Ignore Nine Techniques For Using Assessment To Improve Learning The Paramount Importance Of Sequence Six Assessment Mistakes You Must Avoid Staying On The Right Side Of Excellence
Understanding What Students Have Really Learned
Design Questions To Get The Learning You Seek Techniques To Check Comprehension As You Teach Practice: It Must Be Appropriate Student "Closure" Of Lessons Provides Us With An Accurate Check Of Comprehension Student Engagement: Six Things To Look For What You Need To Know To Assess Creativity In Your Classroom Five Great Sentences To Measure Durable Learning
Breaking Down Data
Finding Nuggets In Mounds Of Data Digest Data In Bite-Sized Doses Using Perception Data To Change Your Thinking
Helping Students Become More Autonomous
Getting Students To Look At Themselves Teach Students When And How To Ask For Help Nurture And Assess Self-Discipline In Students
Grading, Testing, And Giving Feedback
The Test: Help Or Hindrance? Who Determines Grades? Cut Complaints About Grades Designing Homework That Students Will Do Must All Homework Be Graded? Feedback You Must Receive From Students Three Actions To Consider Before Giving Final Grades Make Feedback Work To Maximize Learning
Making A Difference
How You Can Know You've Made A Difference