Wednesday Wars: Assessment

In this response to Schmidt’s Wednesday Wars, talk about what you noticed in the book relative to assessment, grading, and testing. As you respond, feel free to connect what you learned/observed in the reading to your own experience (both as a student and as a soon-to-be teacher) and the discussions we’ve had in class. You should either log in to a WordPress account or include your name somewhere in your comment so I know to credit you for your participation.

You might consider commenting on some of these ideas:

  • What kinds of assessments does Schmidt highlight in the story? Especially consider the assessments used by Mrs. Baker. Would you classify these as traditional or more progressive?
  • What about informal assessment techniques? Do you see any of these highlighted in the story?
  • What do the assessments given by Mrs. Baker (and others) capture about student learning? What do they miss?
  • How does the way you see testing and grading through Holling’s eyes similar to and different from the way you see it as a student?
  • Students are not the only ones assessed in this story–react to the way that teachers are assessed, especially given an increased focus in today’s system on teacher evaluation.

As you comment, remember that you may build on comments left by students before you. Please post your comments and/or responses to the thread below by the date indicated in the syllabus schedule.

Unit Planning (Fall 2015)

So I’m going to start a post where we can share some of the directions we’re going with the essential questions for the units you’re planning for this course. I’ll start the post with my own current thoughts (and update as things become more clear for me). I’d encourage you to respond in the comments below by sharing your own thoughts (at the least) and then adding to any others’ ideas as you see fit.

I’m starting with the anchor text, in this case Frankenstein, and developing an essential question from that novel. Here’s what I’m thinking of now: Continue reading

Literacies for the 21st Century

weblitmapHanging out on Twitter this morning, I ran into an unexpected surprise in the form of this literacy map from the Mozilla organization (the same folks who bring you the Firefox web browser, but I think this comes from a non-profit arm of the company). I’ve never seen this resource before and, although I’ve only had a chance to briefly preview it, I wanted to pass it on to you.

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