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Strategies for “Bumping Up” Your Questions from Basic Knowledge Level AVOID STRATEGY INSTEAD Knowledge-Level Examples Higher-Level Alternatives “ What does listless mean?” Ask students to provide examples of concepts from their own experience. “ Describe a time when you felt listless.” “ What is a metaphor?” Ask students to describe similarities and differences between a new concept and an old one. “ How are metaphors and similes similar and different? Use examples from _____.” “ Define equity.” Ask students to apply the concept to something they have seen or read recently. “ Where have you seen equity demonstrated in current events you have read about or seen on TV?” “ Describe osmosis.” Ask students how they would explain this concept to a younger student “ How could you use a visual concrete method to explain osmosis to a 1 st grader?”
Write a multiple-choice item based on one of the topics in your exemplary textbook.
Apply item-writing guidelines.
Glass of Water Activity
How would you:
Assessment is the broad term which encompasses measurement, testing and evaluation.
Any method through which we gather information to find out about something
Measurement – expressing information in the form of a number; provides specific data
Testing – taking a sample and assuming it is representative of the whole
Evaluation – making a value judgment
based on set or specific criteria
The overarching goal
of assessment is for
you to understand
what your students
Assessment also helps
the classroom teacher
to be reflective:
“ Am I an effective teacher?”
“ Am I reaching my students?”
“ Have I presented the
Develop the skills
to effectively assess
C-I-A Curriculum Learning Goals and Objectives: What do I want them to learn? Instruction: What will I do and what will they do – in and out of class – so that they learn? Assessment: What will they do to show what they have learned? Learners
teaching and learning.
Assessment in Lesson Plans
Prior to Lesson : How will you assess prior learning or diagnose readiness for the planned lesson?
During the Lesson: How will you assess student progress and provide feedback throughout the lesson (formative assessment)? List specific examples of purposeful oral questions that may be embedded in the lesson to assess and enhance student learning.
After the Lesson: How will you evaluate students’ post-instruction achievement level in relation to the targeted learning (summative assessment)?
Lesson Plan Format
Common Types of Evaluation
Embed Formative Assessments into Instructional Activities
You can have students:
Keep journals or use notebooks, if they require students to go beyond description and definition tasks into complex connections, analysis.
Compare current to previous work.
Do a quick write, a brief written response to a question or probe.
Take a collaborative quiz.
Self-assess or let a peer assess their work.
The South Carolina Academic Standards
South Carolina State Department of Education Standards: http://ed.sc.gov/agency/Standards-and-Learning/Academic-Standards/old/cso / Social Studies English/Language Arts Math Science
SC SMART Centers
The S^3 Curriculum includes assessment ideas.
Common Core Standards
The Next Steps
Assessment can provide evidence of student learning.