"Planning for math assessment" is a phrase that we might not use that often. PLANNING for assessment? Isn't it just something we DO? I think a proactive approach to assessment leads to better instruction, less stress, and more efficient use of our time. I want to bring up some different topics related to math assessment as food for thought. Math Content Assessment We all know that we need ... Read the Post
Grading Writing Made Easy. Really.
Because I know you do not have enough time for grading writing--or do everything else we need to do! My district requires us to use a pretty substantial rubric to go with our required writing assessments--and we are welcome to use it for others. Here's the problem. It's 2 1/2 pages long! Not only that, it makes a LOT of assumptions about what my students should be doing with their ... Read the Post
A Classroom Culture for Self-Assessment
Interested in some food for thought about self-assessment---and the importance of creating a culture to nurture it! Come visit over at Upper Elementary Snapshots to learn more! Click HERE or the image above! Before you go... By the way...not sure if you have noticed but I have added a few new products to my store that might help you out! Just click the images below if you ... Read the Post
Subtraction Observations…the power of working one-on-one with students
As you know, formative assessment is a critical part of the teaching/learning cycle. Without knowing what our students know and can do, it is very hard to make sound instructional decisions. I use exit slips (and entrance slips) ALL the time to try to keep a clear vision of what my students can do--and what more we need to work on. There are, however, times that I believe a paper and pencil ... Read the Post
3 Formative Assessment Tips: Coaching Misconceptions in Math
One thing I know to be true... Most struggling students do not do their best learning during large group instruction. Sometimes, even small group instruction isn't enough. Some students just need coaching--pure and simple. Of course, we can't do one on one instruction for 25 students every day. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. But we can ... Read the Post
Writing Assessment “Plus”!
Today is my day to post over at Upper Elementary Snapshots...so stop by to check it out and see exactly how powerful a simple writing prompt can be! Just click either image to take you there! Want to watch a Periscope video where I explain it a little more? Just CLICK HERE for the replay. Since Periscope is still new to me, you might get more out of the blog post! ... Read the Post
Bright Ideas: Exit Slip Storage!
Today's "bright ideas" post is the result of me having WAY too many papers floating around my room--especially the half sheet formative assessments I use ALL. THE. TIME. Because they are smaller than the rest of my papers, they are constantly getting misplaced, stuck in piles, and so on. Here's what I did! These little pesky buggers! They are ALL over my room! UGH! So, ... Read the Post
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