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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?”     

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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.

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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

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U.S. Veteran’s Day – November 11

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CCE Finland — On the Way!

 

Helen Teague, Citizen Reporter

#CCEFinland  #Creative100  #HarnassingImagination

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ November 9

“The first duty of love is to listen” ~ Paul Tillich

 

 

 

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More Weekend Ed. Quotes 

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Teague’s Pre-symposium Blog Post for CCE Finland

Here is my pre-symposium blog post, published on the CCE Finland website.

Click here to read the post: Link

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CCE Finland is the Council for Creative Education. Read more CCE Finland posts on this blog, click here

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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

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ November 2

“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”
~Dr. Seuss

 

 

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More Weekend Ed. Quotes 

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Primary Sources in the News!

Click this Link for the AP News Story

Click on the link for a Common Core correlated study guide from the Library of Congress —common_core LOC-1osmerk

Common Core Standards:
ELA, History, 6-8, 9:    Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.

Key Ideas and Details:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.3
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

Craft and Structure:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.4
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.5
Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.6
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.8
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.9
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.

 


More posts referencing Primary Sources

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ October 26

“Creating opportunities for teams to learn from each other, by encouraging a culture of sharing also opened up more learning opportunities than could have been possible if they had learnt within their teams… this culture of sharing enabled them to acquire a wide repertoire of pedagogical approaches for use in their subject areas.” Divaharan & Koh, 2010, p. 565.

 

 

Reference: Divaharan, S., & Koh, J. H. L. (2010). Learning as students to become better teachers: Pre-service teachers’ IWB learning experience. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology26(4).

 

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