Universal Screener: Writing

OVERVIEW: In the RTI (Response to Instruction/Intervention) framework, there are five categories of assessments: outcome measures, universal screeners, progress monitoring assessments, diagnostic assessments, and informal assessments. Each kind of assessment plays an important role in determining each student’s abilities, strengths, and weaknesses in whatever content they are meant to assess. At the middle school that…

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Spanish A Final Exam

This is the final exam that my Spanish A students took today: Spanish A Final Exam 2012 I am not proud of it because it isn’t particularly academic–there is no cultural/real aspect to it–but it was somewhat student generated, which I think is a good thing. Both reading sections were free writes written by students in…

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Accurate Assessments

I was thinking this morning about how challenging it really is to design accurate assessments. There are so many variables that affect a student’s performance on any given assessment that it is really quite difficult to control all but the one that you wish to assess. Because I use Standards Based Grading (since it gives…

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Laura Terrill on Assessment

My Cooperative Learning class had an awesome all-day session with Laura Terrill yesterday. It was a bit overwhelming in that she touched on so many different topics–assessment, cooperative learning, course structure, social emotional learning…it was a lot to take in. I was pleasantly surprised because she is not “officially” a CI/TPRS teacher, but almost everything that…

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Taking a Pulse

After my ‘writing workshop‘ activity today, I polled my students to see how helpful it was and whether or not they had any interest in repeating it. I cut some sticky notes into strips and gave each student two. I drew two line graphs on my whiteboards; one with “Helpful” and “Not Helpful” on opposite…

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Grammar Targets for Spanish I

Finding a maternity substitute was, for me, not unlike any classic tale of unrequited love. I was “enamored” by several of my options, only to find them uninterested, unavailable, or snatched out from under me by dazzling offers of full-time positions (Emily!). I began to think that there was no other option but to turn…

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How to create a Comprehension-based Midterm or final

When we make changes to instruction, we must also change assessment (and vice versa!). If you—like me—are transitioning to a more proficiency-oriented, comprehension-based way of teaching, you are probably realizing that your old ScanTron Midterms and Finals just won’t cut it. So… what does a benchmark assessment (like a midterm or final) look like for…

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