Assessing Students in Groups

Author: David W. Johnson
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 9780761939474
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This practical guide explains how to form productive groups and assess individual student performance in group work.

Assessment Strategies for Self Directed Learning

Author: Arthur L. Costa
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 9780761938712
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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A new volume for the Experts In Assessment series focusing on assessing students' abilities as self-directed learners. Self-directed learners are defined as self-managing, self-monitoring, and self-modifying. These three dispositions need to be assessed to determine if they are being internalized and habituated over time. Arthur L Costa and Bena Kallick use "triangulation" to ensure that the assessment system is balanced and complete. Assessment "triangulation" consists of knowledge, performance, and demonstration. This book promises to gain a lot of interest and attention merely by the fact that it is authored by the Habits of Mind experts.

How People Learn

Author: National Research Council
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 0309131979
Format: PDF
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First released in the Spring of 1999, How People Learn has been expanded to show how the theories and insights from the original book can translate into actions and practice, now making a real connection between classroom activities and learning behavior. This edition includes far-reaching suggestions for research that could increase the impact that classroom teaching has on actual learning. Like the original edition, this book offers exciting new research about the mind and the brain that provides answers to a number of compelling questions. When do infants begin to learn? How do experts learn and how is this different from non-experts? What can teachers and schools do-with curricula, classroom settings, and teaching methods--to help children learn most effectively? New evidence from many branches of science has significantly added to our understanding of what it means to know, from the neural processes that occur during learning to the influence of culture on what people see and absorb. How People Learn examines these findings and their implications for what we teach, how we teach it, and how we assess what our children learn. The book uses exemplary teaching to illustrate how approaches based on what we now know result in in-depth learning. This new knowledge calls into question concepts and practices firmly entrenched in our current education system. Topics include: How learning actually changes the physical structure of the brain. How existing knowledge affects what people notice and how they learn. What the thought processes of experts tell us about how to teach. The amazing learning potential of infants. The relationship of classroom learning and everyday settings of community and workplace. Learning needs and opportunities for teachers. A realistic look at the role of technology in education.

Investigating the Influence of Standards

Author: Committee on Understanding the Influence of Standards in K-12 Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 030907276X
Format: PDF, ePub
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Since 1989, with the publication of Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for Mathematics by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, standards have been at the forefront of the education reform movement in the United States. The mathematics standards, which were revised in 2000, have been joined by standards in many subjects, including the National Research Council's National Science Education Standards published in 1996 and the Standards for Technical Literacy issued by the International Technology Education Association in 2000. There is no doubt that standards have begun to influence the education system. The question remains, however, what the nature of that influence is and, most importantly, whether standards truly improve student learning. To answer those questions, one must begin to examine the ways in which components of the system have been influenced by the standards. Investigating the Influence of Standards provides a framework to guide the design, conduct, and interpretation of research regarding the influences of nationally promulgated standards in mathematics, science, and technology education on student learning. Researchers and consumers of research such as teachers, teacher educators, and administrators will find the framework useful as they work toward developing an understanding of the influence of standards.

Creativity and Collaborative Learning

Author: Jacqueline S. Thousand
Publisher: Brookes Publishing Company
ISBN: 9781557661586
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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When the barriers created by traditional instruction are removed, all students are capable of helping each other to learn and grow - regardless of their background or cognitive ability. With this practical resource, instructors will learn how to capitalize on students' individual differences and promote the academic and social growth of every learner in the inclusive classroom. A wealth of research-based teaching strategies, sample lesson plans, illustrative case studies, and hands-on instructional materials are provided to help educators meet their students' varying educational and psychological needs. Throughout this book, internationally recognized education experts detail the powerful strategies made possible by cooperative/collaborative learning and provide practical guidelines for adapting curricula and instructional methods, developing peer-mediated teaching systems, organizing peer mediation programs, facilitating friendships and peer connections, and enhancing creative thinking among students and colleagues. This fundamental reference will help educators, administrators, and classroom support personnel provide each student in the inclusive classroom with a quality education and the experience they need to build successful careers, communities, friendships, and families.

Productive Group Work

Author: Nancy Frey
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416608834
Format: PDF, Docs
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The benefits of collaborative learning are well documented--and yet, almost every teacher knows how group work can go wrong: restless students, unequal workloads, lack of accountability, and too little learning for all the effort involved. In this book, educators Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, and Sandi Everlove show you how to make all group work productive group work: with all students engaged in the academic content and with each other, building valuable social skills, consolidating and extending their knowledge, and increasing their readiness for independent learning. The key to getting the most out of group work is to match research-based principles of group work with practical action. Classroom examples across grade levels and disciplines illustrate how to * Create interdependence and positive interaction * Model and guide group work * Design challenging and engaging group tasks * Ensure group and individual accountability * Assess and monitor students' developing understanding (and show them how to do the same) * Foster essential interpersonal skills, such as thinking with clarity, listening, giving useful feedback, and considering different points of view. The authors also address the most frequently asked questions about group work, including the best ways to form groups, accommodate mixed readiness levels, and introduce collaborative learning routines into the classroom. Throughout, they build a case that productive group work is both an essential part of a gradual release of responsibility instructional model and a necessary part of good teaching practice.