Critical Thinking and Formative Assessments

Author: Betsy Moore
Publisher: Eye On Education
ISBN: 1596671262
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Develop your students' critical thinking skills and prepare them to perform competitively in the classroom, on state tests, and beyond. In this book, Moore and Stanley show you how to effectively instruct your students to think on higher levels, and how to assess their progress. As states implement the Common Core State Standards, teachers have been called upon to provide higher levels of rigor in their classrooms. Moore and Stanley demonstrate critical thinking as a key approach to accomplishing this goal. They explore the benefits of critical thinking and provide the tools you need to develop and monitor critical thinking skills in the classroom. Topics include: The Difference Between Higher-Level and Lower-Level Thinking Writing Higher-Level Thinking Questions Assessing Critical Thinking Strategies to Develop Higher-Level Thinking Skills

Assessing Middle and High School Social Studies English

Author: Sheryn Spencer-Waterman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317924533
Format: PDF, ePub
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For middle and high school teachers teachers of social studies and English, this book is filled with examples of instructional strategies that address students’ readiness levels, interests, and learning preferences. It shows teachers how to formatively assess their students by addressing differentiated learning targets. Included are detailed examples of differentiated formative assessment schedules plus tips on how to collaborate with others to improve assessment processes. Teachers will learn how to adjust instruction for the whole class, for small groups, and for individuals. They will also uncover step-by-step procedures for creating their own lessons infused with opportunities to formatively assess students who participate in differentiated learning activities.

Teaching Learning and Assessment Together

Author: Laurynn Evans
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317924622
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book offers easy-to-use classroom strategies for middle and high school English and Social Studies classrooms. They demonstrate how teaching, learning, and assessment are inseparable and seamless. Each strategy will engage your students in activity and reflection, consuming little class time, costing nothing, and uniting the three dimensions of education through reflective practice. The chapters begin with a reflective teaching strategy, followed by classroom examples. Guiding icons will help you coordinate and implement each strategy. Chapters conclude with a set of learning community discussion questions to guide personal growth as well as faculty discussions.

Teaching and Learning Elementary Social Studies

Author: Arthur K. Ellis
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
ISBN: 9780137039494
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Are you looking for a resource that will provide you with practical, yet proven, social studies strategies to use with children in grades K-8? Look no further, explore the new edition of Teaching and Learning Elementary Social Studies to find a wealth of lesson plans and practical guidance. This perennial best-seller provides instructional strategies for involving K-8 children in social studies content that emphasize concepts, inquiry, and moral development. Widely admired for its warm voice and abundance of children's art and writing, this text integrates constructivist philosophies of active learning with the essential knowledge, basic skills, and positive values required of citizens in a healthy and diverse democracy.

Teaching Matters Most

Author: Thomas M. McCann
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452283885
Format: PDF
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A laser-beam focus on improving instruction to improve learning If we want to change how students write, compute, and think, then teachers must transform the old “assign-and-assess” model into engaging, coherent, and rigorous instruction. The authors show school leaders how to make this happen amidst myriad distractions, initiatives, and interruptions. Unlike other books that stop at evaluating teachers and instruction, this work demonstrates how to grow schools’ instructional capacities with a three-step process that involves: Envisioning what good teaching looks like Measuring the quality of current instruction against this standard Working relentlessly to move the quality of instruction closer and closer to the ideal

Middle and High School Teaching

Author: James A. Duplass
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
ISBN:
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Middle and High School Teaching: Methods, Standards, and Best Practicesis an interactive textbook that is fully integrated with PowerPoint slides, a web site, assessments to meet NCATE and INSTASC standards, and basal secondary level textbook chapters for each of the content areas. The text includes a chapter on standards, history, current issues and strategies for each of the major content areas: English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, World Languages, Fine and Performing Arts, and Physical and Health education. Providing unique coverage for differentiated instruction at the college level, the text integrates standards and methods for general and specific subject matter by drawing on professional education association web sites, covering traditional methods topics, and providing authentic assignments. The text is ideal for courses in secondary general methods, curriculum and instruction, introduction to teaching, or for the first course of a two-part sequence in specific methods. Web-based resources, including PDF copies of middle and high school basal textbook content, lesson-planning templates, ERIC documents for current issues, and PowerPoint slides for each chapter, enable professors to easily choreograph their instruction for classes of mixed majors or single major, and courses of varying size that may be taught completely or partly online. The book and its ancillary materials scaffold the learning experience by presenting topics in a logical sequence, beginning with an introduction to the challenges of the profession, followed by differences between middle schools and high schools, basic skills across the curriculum, approaches to teaching diverse learners, planning, methods, and assessment, and concluding with trends, standards, and differences between the disciplines. Instructors can choose from and modify more than 100 authentic assignments, which are tied to NCATE and INTASC standards, ranging from interviewing middle school students to creating lesson plans. In addition, special emphasis is placed on such topics as motivation theory and techniques for diverse learners and integrating basic skills and literacy into subject field planning and instruction. Straightforward, easily readable, and concise.The text is organized into compact topics (rather than dense chapters) and includes aBest Practicesfeature, which engages students in reading their textbook Authentic content chapters from middle and high school textbooks.Available at the web site, downloadable PDF copies of basal textbook chapters (from McDougal Littell) across the subject areas enable students to apply methods learned from the textbook's lesson- planning activities and assignments. More than 100 potential assignments.Instructors can select and modify presented assignments to best suit their students' and course needs. Each assignment is tied to an INTASC/NCATE standard for ease of documentation or portfolio development. Coverage and integration of key national standards.The book integrates The Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards, The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards, The Goals 2000 legislation, The No Child Left Behind legislation, and the content standards defined by the professional organizations into a coherent structure for preservice teachers. Practical pedagogy.Supportive features includeTeacher's Tipsboxes with practical ideas and strategies for the classroom, Question boxes to encourage critical thinking,For the Reflective Practitionerquotes and insights, authenticAssignments,lists ofBest Practices,and web resources.

Knowing What Students Know

Author: National Research Council
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 0309293227
Format: PDF, Docs
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Education is a hot topic. From the stage of presidential debates to tonight's dinner table, it is an issue that most Americans are deeply concerned about. While there are many strategies for improving the educational process, we need a way to find out what works and what doesn't work as well. Educational assessment seeks to determine just how well students are learning and is an integral part of our quest for improved education. The nation is pinning greater expectations on educational assessment than ever before. We look to these assessment tools when documenting whether students and institutions are truly meeting education goals. But we must stop and ask a crucial question: What kind of assessment is most effective? At a time when traditional testing is subject to increasing criticism, research suggests that new, exciting approaches to assessment may be on the horizon. Advances in the sciences of how people learn and how to measure such learning offer the hope of developing new kinds of assessments-assessments that help students succeed in school by making as clear as possible the nature of their accomplishments and the progress of their learning. Knowing What Students Know essentially explains how expanding knowledge in the scientific fields of human learning and educational measurement can form the foundations of an improved approach to assessment. These advances suggest ways that the targets of assessment-what students know and how well they know it-as well as the methods used to make inferences about student learning can be made more valid and instructionally useful. Principles for designing and using these new kinds of assessments are presented, and examples are used to illustrate the principles. Implications for policy, practice, and research are also explored. With the promise of a productive research-based approach to assessment of student learning, Knowing What Students Know will be important to education administrators, assessment designers, teachers and teacher educators, and education advocates.

Reflective Planning Teaching and Evaluation

Author: Judy W. Eby
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN:
Format: PDF, Mobi
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SIX TALES OF LOVE • When Araki finds an old fax machine, he starts corresponding with the only girl who can receive his letters. But there’s a twist! • A brother’s dying request: deliver a videotape to his girlfriend . . . someone his sibling didn’t even know existed. And there will be other secrets. • Natsume must attend summer school while her close friend takes an exotic vacation. Oh well, best take his advice and “let the wind blow through you!” • With a move to Alaska imminent, a girl vows to win the heart of her secret crush. Will a swimming pool rendezvous dampen her message? Plus Bonus stories! Love is in the air . . . and in the water . . . and in the mail with these intriguing tales of affection, rejection, miscommunication, and sweet connection!