Standard #6: Assessment. The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.
6(a) The teacher balances the use of formative and summative assessment as appropriate to support, verify, and document learning. (Performances)
6(j) The teacher understands the differences between formative and summative applications of assessment and knows how and when to use each. (Essential Knowledge)
6(v) The teacher is committed to the ethical use of various assessments and assessment data to identify learner strengths and needs to promote learner growth. (Critical Dispositions)
In my words: I understand that it is important to use multiple means of assessing students to see their thoughts, measure their understanding, and see progress in their learning. These assessments will vary and will also help to guide my instruction.
Gallery of Artifacts:
Employability Skills: being a self-directed learner, communicating with others, thinking creatively and critically, understanding diversity, understanding and using technology, etc.
These are some of my students’ exit slips. What they said they learned about themselves and one another from the culture presentations.
Informal, formative assessment and collaboration with students via Google Classroom!
Online Google Classroom Post: informal, formative assessment of learning. Also an assessment of Employability Skills: communicating effectively with others.
The complete assessment pack I created for the Mid-Book Quest on Tuesdays with Morrie: study guide, answers, quiz, answer key.
The answer key I created with an essay question on Dimmesdale and his progression up to the midnight vigil.
Pop reading quiz – checking for comprehension and assignment completion!
Learning Iowa Skills Assessments: how to enter and read grades
I Am, a summative assessment of figurative language.
My Figurative Language Family – formative assessments to practice figurative language
Summative assessment where students took on the voice of a reporter!
Creating a poster with glitter, of course!
Wolves Research Projects (Pt. 2)-The Wolves Research Project is something that I did with my sixth graders from start to finish. I did a pre-activity (Adopt a Pet), taught them how to research, instructed them on the CRAP test for credible sources, then helped them take notes and create their unique projects.
I Am ___.-I'm excited for today's activity! For the past two weeks I've worked with my eighth grade students on understanding figurative language. They did Notes, the My Figurative Language Family assignment for practice, and now this will be their actual assessment--but a fun one!
“Louie, His Cousin and His Other Cousin” – Report Writing-Today my eighth graders read "Louie, His Cousin, and His Other Cousin." In this vignette, we're introduced to a family of cousins that live on Esperanza's block (one of which is Marin, the oldest, who we will talk about tomorrow!) and one of them is the unnamed cousin who one day shows up with a brand new, shiny, yellow car.
My Grading Process-Standards-Based Grading can be crazy, but it's something been completely thrown into and have to accept 🙂 It's not so bad on the teacher end once you get started with it. It's just very individualized. And can be quite a lot of work.
My Figurative Language Family-To go along with teaching my students about figurative language with their Types of Figurative Language Notes, I had them relate what they learned to their own lives and work on generating original examples!
What Is Skills Iowa?-One of the assessments my cooperating teacher uses for her sixth grade Reading/Literacy is Skills Iowa. These are assessments that match with the Common Core and show learner progress in specific areas.
Quiz – Ch. 9 & 10-Time for another pop quiz! This time it's over chapters 9 & 10 in TKAM.
Life Lessons From Morrie – Final Paper-For this assignment, students were to choose two aphorisms/quotes/life lessons and define them, define them as they were presented in the book, and relate them to their personal lives.
Pop Quiz – Ch. 3-4-Four chapters in to the book? Pop quiz time! Call me a mean teacher, but I wanted to check that my students were reading, so I gave them a quiz over chapters 3 and 4 in To Kill a Mockingbird.
“Graduation” and “Conclusion” Scaffolded Notes-After reading aloud and realizing that my students were struggling with comprehension, I decided to create a set of scaffolded notes for them to take home over the weekend and complete while reading.
12th Tuesday Comprehension Questions-Something I started doing with my sophomore English students was read aloud from Tuesdays with Morrie. This began as an idea to help my ESL student and other struggling readers, but then it became a necessary tool to keep all students on track with their reading.
5th-8th Tuesday, Study Guides and Quiz-After reading the 5th-8th Tuesdays both independently and as a class, I wanted to give my students a quiz. This time, however, I wanted a more challenging quiz, as my students had done very well on the last, multiple choice and true-false quiz.
7th Tuesday Reading Quiz-Want to check that your students are reading? Here's a simple quiz you can give them over the "Seventh Tuesday".
Tuesdays with Morrie, Mid-Book Quest-I needed to asses my students' comprehension. It wasn't enough to read their worksheets or to peek over their shoulders during individual work time. I needed to know exactly what my students had learned, so I decided to make a Tuesdays with Morrie Mid-Book Quest.
Scarlet Letter Quiz-Tests and quizzes are great for making sure students have read and for assessing their comprehension. Across my classes, I've done plenty of formative assessments, but for my American Seminar class specifically, I needed to mix in a summative assessment to see how much the students had actually retained from reading and discussion and to see what parts of the book I needed to discuss.
Old Man and the Sea Thesis Statements-The next objective for my Honors 10 students was to write a thesis statement. In the class before, they had (on their own) brainstormed topics to write their research papers on. Now they were told to pick a topic/question and bring a thesis statement to class.
Journal #2 – Being Your Age-September 21: By this time, my English 10 students are up to page 60 in Tuesdays with Morrie. Perfect time to assign another journal.
Tension of Opposites-One of the major themes early in Tuesdays with Morrie is tension, or 'Tension of Opposites,' as Morrie himself names it. I wanted my students to understand this, but I wanted to see how much they understood independently. So I made a worksheet.
Tuesdays with Morrie – Quiz 1-After going through the book for several days as a class and having short Journal assignments and discussion, I decided to have a reading pop-quiz.
Employability Skills-What are 'Employability Skills'? According to MCHS and the rest of the district, Employability Skills are a set of standards that meet criteria such as responsibility, thinking creatively and critically, or being a self-directed learner, just to name a few.
Varying Assessment – Google Classroom Assignments-Assessing students is not something that should be the same every time. Assessment is varied and in my classroom I understand and use formative, assumptive, ethical, and multiple assessment methods.
The Role of Assessment in Teaching and Learning-I believe that formative assessments are an essential tool to actively monitor student progress and understanding. Formative assessments allow for me to continually adapt my curriculum based on student learning. Summative assessments are also necessary, as they are my means of measuring and verifying student growth and learning.