Assessment

5 Random Teacher Hacks to Improve Your Classroom – Education Article

David Sladkey has been teaching for over thirty-two years. Today, he shares five random but very helpful teacher hacks. From a new way to track requests to go to the bathroom to a unique cooperative learning strategy and a super cool brain break, you’ll grab five ideas you can use right away. Listen to David Sladkey share his ideas to improve our classrooms Subscribe to the Show Get Credit! Some schools, districts, and organizations allow credit for listening to podcasts. Whether they…

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A Few Ideas for Dealing with Late Work – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Learners Edge and Microsoft Teams This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   Most of my 9-week grading periods ended the same way: Me and one or two students, sitting in my quiet, empty classroom together, with me sitting at the computer, the students nearby in desks, methodically…

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Teachers Are Not Responsible for Student Growth or Achievement – Education Article

 Earlier this week, I was rushed to another urgent early morning staff meeting at my school.   I had my laptop with me and was frantically trying to get everything ready that I’d need for the day.   Text dependent analysis question? Check.   Discussion guide to introduce the concept of science fiction? Check.   Questions on literacy, analogy, vocabulary and sentence structure suitable for 7th grade? Check.   The same suitable for 8th grade? Check.   And as I…

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When You Get Nothing But Crickets – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Learners Edge and Microsoft Inclusive Classroom This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   You know that thing where you’re talking to a group of people and you ask them a question and no one answers? And you wait a few more seconds, awkwardly, and nothing happens? It’s…

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NAEP Test Scores Show How Stupid We Are… To Pay Attention to NAEP Test Scores – Education Article

 Brace yourselves!   America’s NAEP test scores in 2019 stayed pretty much the same as they were in 2018!   And the media typically set its collective hair on fire trying to interpret the data.   Sometimes called the Nations Report Card, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test is given to a random sampling of elementary, middle and high school students in member countries to compare the education systems of nations.   And this year there was one…

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The Absurdity of Standardized Testing: Caught Between Prediction and Assessment – Education Article

 Standardized testing is truly absurd.  It’s both a prediction and an assessment.   You take a test to determine what you’ve learned and that will in turn predict what you will be able to learn in the future.   We hardly ever do this anywhere else in life.   We don’t measure babies’ leg muscles to predict whether they’re ready to walk. We let them do what they do, possibly with some encouragement and positive models of locomotion, and they…

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Resourceaholic: 5 Maths Gems #100 – Education Article

Welcome to my 100th gems post! This is a big milestone for me. I’ve published 327 posts since I started writing my blog four and a half years ago. One hundred of those posts have been part of my ‘Maths Gems’ series – each one has featured a selection of news, ideas and resources for maths teachers. When I joined Twitter I couldn’t believe how many ideas and resources were being shared by maths teachers everyday that weren’t being seen by…

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Improving Organizational Culture: Discovering Your Core Strengths – Education Article

We believe that a positive organizational culture can take an organization from good to great. Given the importance of developing healthy leadership and organizations, we have been sharing a few of the tips our team has learned over the years. In our last post, we discussed the importance of finding your personal and organizational why. This is a great reflection exercise for teams to do to keep ever present the reasons why they are embarking upon their work. Reaffirming why…

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How Kids Really Learn @coolcatteacher – Education Article

How do kids learn and remember? Teacher Andrew Stadel, @mr_stadel founder of the popular site estimation180.com, talks about this pursuit of learning in the classroom. This topic is his summer research topic. As you ponder the classroom, look at what you’ll research to become a better teacher. Urkund: Today’s Sponsor Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web tool or by…

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Comparative Assessment In The Classroom – Education Article

Reading Time: 2 minutes What is comparative assessment and how can teachers use it in their classroom? Psychologist, Louis Thurstone, published a paper on the law of comparative judgment in 1927! Thurstone’s method of comparative judgement exploits the power of adaptivity; in scoring rather than testing. There has been a recent and welcome revival of comparative assessment, but it has been around for a long time and one could argue that we are 90 years too late. With an influx…

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Why We Should Test English Language Learners in their Home Language – Education Article

By: Adam Withycombe A parent makes the time and musters the courage to come and see you. They’re here, in your classroom, hoping for good news about their child, or at least a path forward from challenges and trouble spots. But you have to look them in the eye and tell them you have nothing—no data, no test results, no insights into how their child is performing. It’s not that their child doesn’t know anything. Just the opposite. You don’t…

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Rubric Repair: 5 Changes that Get Results – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Mark Wise (transcript): Sponsored by Pear Deck and Microsoft Teams for Education   In my 20-year career as an administrator, I’ve had the opportunity to be a fly on the wall in hundreds of classrooms across grade levels and content areas. While much has changed in education over those years, one element has remained constant: the well-intentioned use of rubrics with varying levels of success. Starting with their use as early as kindergarten and continuing…

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A Simple Trick for Success with One-Pagers – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Betsy Potash (transcript): Sponsored by Chill Expeditions and Kiddom   Have you heard the whispers about one-pagers in the online teacher hallways? The concept of a one-pager, in which students share their most important takeaways on a single piece of blank paper, has really taken off recently.   The one-pagers I see on Instagram draw me in like a slice of double chocolate mousse cake. The artistry students bring to representing their texts on a…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Last week I had an opportunity to attend the LLI Southwest Conference at The Oakridge School in Arlington, Texas, and present with two of our second grade teachers about our “Seesaw Skills iPad Pilot Project,” which I’m leading this year with teachers in our Lower Division at Casady School in Oklahoma City. In this post, I’ll share a few reflections from those experiences, as well as links to the recorded audio of our presentation and our presentation slides. You can…

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Investing in Innovation: Where’s the Federal Support? – Education Article

By: Arthur VanderVeen Educators and policy leaders might be forgiven for not often turning to the Federal Register for inspiration. But buried there in the ESSA regulations is a truly inspired effort to resolve one of the most vexing tensions shaping our national discussion on the role of assessment: the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA) pilot. The IADA invites up to seven states to develop innovative, next-generation assessments that better support student-centered learning, including competency-based assessments, instructionally embedded assessments, interim…

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