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CCE Finland: Panel Discussion and Twitter Chat on Assessment Part 2

CCE Finland: Panel Discussion and Twitter Chat on Assessment

Yesterday, I participated in a panel discussion at CCE Finland. #CCEFinland
The panel discussion addressed assessment. For my pre-panel post from yesterday, click here


Here are my Top Ten Key Take-aways and my post-panel reflections:

1.) Every one of the 17 countries in attendance struggled with the concept of assessment.
(2.) When the topic of assessment is mentioned, most folks jump to the “summative” aspect when really there are at least 7 additional types of assessment.
(3.) In many countries, according to attendees, it is parents who are driving the standardized scoring. They want to know their child’s percentile number from the test and assign a heavy value on this numeral. IMHO: students feel this as pressure and not evidence of caring.
(4.) I advocate that there are five necessary forms of assessment, well really 6 forms of assessment that form a holistic representation of student learning.
(5.) Most testing /student assessment around the globe involves regurgitation of facts at lowest level of Blooms and with no inclusion of Krathwohl.
(6.) The push for Teacher assessment is gaining momentum (again) (but I question its overall value).
(7.) My recommendation is to teach the language of the test – this is not teaching to the test is it decoding and deciphering.
(8.) Most of what students are tested over is not rememberd by the students after the test.
(9.) Experiential learning and storytelling is a hook that helps memory
(10.) Educators are very interested in helping students achieve their very best learning snapshot through assessment.

Assessment Word Cloud by Teague

Assessment Word Cloud by Teague













CCE Finland: Panel Discussion and Twitter Chat on Assessment Part 1

CCE Finland: Panel Discussion and Twitter Chat on Assessment

It is a career highlight to serve on a panel discussion addressing assessment.

My Basic Question regarding assessment is “How Do We Know if They Are Getting Better at Learning… and we do we blame if they Aren’t?”     


JohnBarell-How Do We Know They're Getting Better


My question comes from my colleague John Barell who has written a book by this same title.

I asked this question to my national teacher professional groups and I received answers from many of them.

How do we know if we are sufficiently preparing the students of today for the challenges of the 21st century? Inquiry-based education leads to problem-solving and provides specific steps for pre, formative and summative assessment that informs instruction of 21st century skills.



Included in Dr. Barell’s book are examples that show how to use today’s technology in the classroom and how to use inquiry to develop and assess students’ ability to:

  • Think critically and creatively
  • Collaborate with others
  • Become self-directed learners
  • Adapt and become resourceful
  • Develop a sense of leadership, responsibility, and global awareness

Click this link for more information about Dr. Barell’s book

My PLN was a great resource of information. I received information, advice, and resources from educators in 10 states. Special thanks to Dr. Joyce King who provided so many timely resources.

One thing that stood out to me was the amount of summative assessment that currently occurs in U.S. classrooms. Specifically, testing days in the U.S. average 50 days out of 180 of state-standardized events plus 10 teacher-generated summative course-specific events per semester (20) for a total of 70/180 = 39%. The 39% figure does not count other forms of assessment such as formative assessment, reflection, student self- assessment, etc…

  • As educator Dr. A. Cross notes,”there is too much testing- and we are assessing the wrong things! The state level tests in Tennessee were given too early in the year for teachers to cover everything that was assessed for that grade, but then the results didn’t come back for months (over summer) so that data wasn’t used to improve teaching and learning- more as a punishment for educators when students scored poorly”-and- “they have a test as they leave grade 5 that heavily determines which middle school they can get into. Parents hire private tutors to give their students a leg up, which artificially inflates scores.”
  • As educator I. Ramirez explains, “we just find out that our school in Clark County will be rated (range 1-5 star school) base on student ACT performance. Therefore, our school system regarding standardized testing must change if we want to accomplish a 5 star rating. From now on students (freshman- Junior years ONLY) will be practicing 3-5 times per year taking a computer based test called CERT (CERT (College Equipped REadiness Tool). The output data from the student’s results will give us a prediction of how we’re doing as a school. In our math classes, for example, our warm up activities are ACT practice released problems. We want our students to get familiar with standardized testing vocabulary. We want our students to be considered proficient. In Clark County, ACT average composite scores are about 18 points. To be considered proficient, students must score 22 or more on the composite results. We know it will be a great challenge, however, myself I’m excited to fase this challenge. We know it will be a process to switch around from the low proficient to the proficient status, and also we know it may take some time to accomplish this academic goal, because we can do vertical alignment instruction. What I think is the real challenge is to create a culture of students interested to do well on these standardized assessments.
  • Upon reflection, educator Dave P. shared that “New York State implemented a ‘teacher assessment program’ and if teachers do not pass it they are put on probation and can be removed the following year if they do not show improvement – regardless of tenure. What I found interesting about this is that student assessment involves regurgitation of facts on multiple choice tests, even if the test includes open ended questions or work there is always a MC section. The teacher assessments require the observation of student involvement in the learning process, open ended questioning, Bloom’s Taxonomy, and other measures that go beyond the mere memorization of facts… [this] shows the state understands students need to do more than memorize facts, but this doesn’t match up to student assessments. Dave continues with this observation, “another part of the “teacher assessment” was that your students show “growth” over the year. So, to do this many teachers give impossible (“impassible”) BENCHMARK tests at the beginning of the year and compare the results on the final exam. Not exactly supported by science. My point; it’s all a game and depending on how you play it you can win without trying.
  • Jean H. provides a tidy summation and call to action.
    “When instructional practice is in alignment with the science behind the assessment, students and teachers can greatly benefit. That is where true differentiation of instruction that is impactful and uniquely perfect for each child is possible...currently, that is about as rare as a unicorn.”

Special thanks to these helpful folks:  John Barell, Dr. Joyce King, Dave P., Dr. Ashley CrossI. Ramirez, Jean H., Mark Barnes, Sylvia Ellison, Lev Vygotsky, Donald Schon, and Paulo Friere.

Check the blog tomorrow for my Top Ten Take-aways from the Panel Discussion.


the 6th International Sympsoum on Creative Education organized by CCE Finland! 

November 12- 16, 2018 is the week of the 6th International Sympsoum on Creative Education organized by CCE Finland!

CCE welcomes the educators, teachers and education strategists from across the globe! Here is more information from the Symposium organizers: 
Finland is known for its creative learning practices and its educational quality. One of the secrets behind the same is the open and collaborative environment. All will agree that – the quality of any educational conference is directly proportional to the possibility of free and open communication within participants. CCE is always in forefront of using state-of-art ICT tools to promote idea sharing, collaboration, and communication. During 5 Days of the Sympsoium – all the educators shall interact and share their views on various aspects of education. In order to have an open and fruitful communication, CCE is recommending to use a collaborative platform with Google – Classroom.
The tool is pretty simple and its similar to Google+ experience with additional features of Learning Management System and documents sharing.

Why use the Google Classroom environment?
1. Safe and Secure – No Public interface
2. Designed for Collaborative approach
3. A specially designed plug-in for paper submissions and editing
4. Easy Documents sharing

#CCEFinland  #Creative100


CCEFinland — On the Way!


Helen Teague, Citizen Reporter

#CCEFinland  #Creative100  #HarnassingImagination


Global Gathering of Educators at CCE Finland November 12-16, 2018

The upcoming CCE 6th Symposium on Creative Education in Tampere Finland will feature educators and speakers from 15 countries… a true global gathering! #CCEFinland #Creative100

Join in the learning November 12-16, 2018



InstructureCarn 2018 in Keystone, Colorado

This is the week for InstructureCarn in Keystone, Colorado. Our team from PBS TeacherLine submitted our proposal back in February.  … And it was accepted!!

We are excited about our session called, “We’ve Moodled on Over to Canvas: PBS TeacherLine Online Facilitators Share What Works.”  Our session is Wednesday, June 25th at 3:25pm.


InstructureCarn Session


Not going to InstructureCarn? Check back to this blog for the online handouts of the session!



2017 Global Education Conference

The 2017 Global Education Conference: https://www.smore.com/0h4rj-the-globaledcon-attendee-guide

Dates: Monday, November 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM – Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 3:00 PM (CST)

Organized by Lucy Gray & Steve Hargadon – The Global Education Conference Network/GlobalEd Events

Here is information on how to join in this exciting event! 

1) Go to this page to join the conference. You can see the schedule in your time zone:

2) This conference guide will provide all information you need for the conference.  Read it carefully and save it for future reference: https://www.smore.com/0h4rj-the-globaledcon-attendee-guide

3) Keynote speakers are listed here: http://www.globaleducationconference.com/page/2017keynotes

4) Consider joining the main community at http://globaleducationconference.com, and use the front page chat to ask questions.


My session, “Participatory Spontaneity: What Is It and How Can We Achieve It with Global Audiences Online?” – Helen Teague occurs Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 5:00pm, United States Central Time (GMT – 6)


Today is Global Collaboration Day

Today is Global Collaboration Day, produced by Lucy Gray, Steve Hargadon, and The Global Education Conference Network/GlobalEd Events.





There are two useful step guides for participating in Global Collaboration Day and the Global Education Fair, which opens officially today, September 21, 2017. Take a look at the links in this post in case you’re not sure how to join in the fun and learning that is happening around the world today! Use the hashtag #globaled17 to share your thoughts, ideas, and resources on Twitter


Moderators also will be available in the chat on the front pages of each of the websites most of the day today offering help, if needed.

Have a great Global Collaboration Day and visit our virtual Global Education Fair!


Weekend Ed. Quote ~ February 17

Today’s Weekend Ed. Quote was heard at the Texas Computer Educators’ Conference – TCEA 2017 – conference in Austin, Texas last week.


“Stop asking kids what they want to be when they grow up and start asking them what kind of problems they want to solve” ~J. Eric Wilson



#tcea  #tcea17  #tceapepperdine2017


More Weekend Ed. Quotes


Thank you to TCEA for another great convention!!

It is an enormous task to produce a convention for over 10,000 attendees, but TCEA did it ~~~again!!

Thank you TCEA for another great convention from everyone on our global speaking team, Xiaofan, Dr. H., Dr. Mbasu, Joy, Danielle, Kristina, and Helen!  ~STEM & Flipped Classrooms Go Global & Mobile  http://tinyurl.com/TCEAFlipped


#tcea17  #tceapepperdine2017

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