As we move forward with the implementation of new standards like CCSS or Next Generation Science Standards, many states are focused on seeing the results from high skates assessments, like PARCC or Smarter Balance.(Summative) However, the real learning and the measurement of that learning happens in a formative way. Summative assessments, or high stakes tests and projects, are what the eagle eye of our profession is fixated on right now, but it is the formative assessment that really makes the difference.
As Rick Wormeli states in this YouTube video about Summative vs Formative Assessment http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJxFXjfB_B4, you can grow and learn without summative assessment, but not without formative assessment.
I often reflect back to the days when I was playing sports or even earlier in my career, when I was coaching to think about how formative assessment was happening all of the time. If I was doing something wrong on the field or court the coach would stop me, explain it to me and give me the "why" and then ask me to do it again, except this time make the necessary changes. Are we doing this work in the classroom on a regular basis, or are we just teaching, teaching, teaching and then testing.
Join us Sunday night at 8 PM on #EdChatRI as we discuss this very important part of the learning process and find out the different ways we can better utilize formative assessment.
Zero tolerance polices were developed by many school boards in response to threats in school disruption and violence. Some of these policies mandate suspension or expulsion of students who violate certain school rules. Many of these policies have received a bad reputation for being a “one size fits all” approach to the disciplinary actions that students receive.
Julia Steiny, the founder of the Youth Restoration Project in RI talks about two choices that schools are usually left with when dealing with student offenses—kicking the kid to the cops or kicking the kid out in suspension, in her blog for Education News Create More Disciplinary Options Than just Suspensions and Cops.
So, how should schools deal with these behaviors in a way that doesn’t force kids into a life of jail and crime, but also maintains a safe learning environment for all kids?
Please join us Sunday November 10th from 8-9pm Eastern Time, as we explore zero tolerance and restorative justice practices.
Too often we teach at students and we don't give them the opportunity to be heard and directly involved in that learning process. In the following article an educational coach spent two days shadowing some students and find out what she found.
#EdchatRI questions this week will focus on the highly retweeted article written by Alexis Wiggins “A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering lesson learned.”
Please read the article if you haven’t yet prior to the chat on Sunday night:
We look forward to discussing the challenges set forth in this article on Sunday night's #EdChatRI. Join us at 8:00 and don't forget to set your clocks back.
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