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ICTM 2010: How do you know if they know?


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Presentation given at the 2010 Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference in West Des Moines, Iowa.

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ICTM 2010: How do you know if they know?

  1. 2. How do you know if they know? Matt Townsley Math Educator Solon High School
  2. 3. Demographics check
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  4. 5. John Doe 3 Good job! 14 __ 16
  5. 6. “ Assessment always has more to do with helping students grow than with cataloging their mistakes.” -Carol Tomlinson [ The Differentiated Classroom , p. 11]
  6. 7. How much do you know about formative assessment? Lykert scale: 1 – I know very little – that’s why I’m here! 2 – I know a little bit. 3 – I know some, but I don’t know everything. 4 – I know quite a bit and wonder if today’s presenter is going to challenge my beliefs.
  7. 8. Experts say…
  8. 9. “ Formative assessments are defined as any activity that provides sound feedback on student learning.” -Robert Marzano [ Classroom Assessment and Grading that Work , p. 111]
  9. 10. What formative assessment is NOT <ul><ul><li>A specific type of assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A one way process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The same as “grading” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Something you do “every Friday” </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Necessary components of formative assessment <ul><ul><li>Offer students a clear picture of learning targets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback at the core </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students engaged in self-assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide an understanding of specific steps to improve [Adapted from Black & William, “Inside the Black Box,” 1998] </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. … from the students’ perspective <ul><ul><li>What knowledge or skills do I aim to develop? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How close am I? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do I need to do next? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>[Brookhart, How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students, 2008] </li></ul>
  12. 13. Who gets a better grade? Bob : HW: 100%; Quiz: 100%; Test: 100% Suzy : HW: 75%; Quiz: 80%; Test: 100% Which student “knows” more?
  13. 14. Enough theory. How does it work?
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  18. 21. “ So, changing classroom assessment is the beginning of a revolution – a revolution in classroom practices of all kinds.” -Lorna Earl [ Assessment as Learning: Using Classroom Assessment to Maximize Student Learning , p. 15]
  19. 22. Q & A
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