You will notice that my posting has stretched out quite a bit this year. This has been due in part to some family issues that have worsened of late. Because of that, I will not be posting about my classroom, likely for the rest of the year. I may put up occasional policy opinion posts. Thank you for reading my blog and I hope to be able to resume writing about my classroom experiences next year.
I had a brain fart about what’s going in my classroom looking back on the year. If I had something to improve on or do over this year, with this class, it would be to work with students on getting them to ask better question.
What do I mean by better questions? Where am I seeing problems? What could I do better? I think I have some answers…
This post starts with my response to a question that Larry Ferlazzo asked about formative assessment and that I responded to on his EdWeek blog. There were many excellent responses there, and I urge you to read them here. I’ve expanded that response to look at an example of what won’t work.
My first thought is that it is not a final, but should give students, and teachers, interim feedback about where the student is at. This leads to the idea that they should also have the chance to act on that feedback and be either re-assessed, or have another chance to show they have mastered the content. It should not be a first and last chance to show knowledge and/or mastery. Read the rest of this entry »