Thursday, November 12, 2009

Modules 5/6 - Visual Ranking

Tonight, we explored the Visual Ranking Tool from Intel.  We used it as a student, brainstormed how we could implement it in our own classroom and created and tested our own project using the tool.  Now that you have had time to work with this tool, please answer the following:
  • Considering your test results, do you think you will keep this tool in your unit plan?
  • How do you see the use of the Visual Ranking Tool fitting in with the objectives and standards you are trying to target? To the overall plan or your unit?
  • How do you see the Visual Ranking Tool enhancing your students' higher-order thinking skills, as well as collaboration and communication in your classroom?
  • How can the use of this tool be implemented into other areas of your instruction?
  • What questions do you still have about this project's design, implementation, or assessment?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Module 4: Planning Student Centered Assessment

Tonight we focused on creating student-centered assessments.  You explored a variety of assesment strategies and drafted an assessment timeline for your unit plan that meets all of the purposes for assessing students and defines clear expectations and standards for student work.  Like all good assessments, this plan should involve students in reviewing and managing their learning progress during the course of the unit. As you reflect on your work tonight, please answer the following questions:
  • How did I plan for high quality assessment throughout my unit?
  • How do my assessments make me aware of my students' progress toward meeting the objectives and standards I have chosen for them?
  • How have the assessments I have selected align to the thinking skills I have chosen for my students in my taxonomy of learning?
Once you have posted your thoughts, reply to the post of at least one other participant. You may ask them a question, comment on their good ideas, or even disagree (respectfully), as long as you are saying more then just, "I agree" or "Good job".