Fully engage learners in your classroom. Discover how to create high-quality assessments using a five-phase assessment design protocol. Explore types and traits of quality assessment, and learn how to develop assessments that are innovative, effective, and engaging. Evaluate whether your current assessments meet the design criteria, and discover how to use this process collaboratively with your team.
- Create engaging assessments that accurately report students progress.
- Design assessments that help students learn from their mistakes and motivate them to improve.
- Work collaboratively to analyze standards and create common assessments.
- Evaluate the cognitive level of assessment items and tasks.
- Gain access to reproducibles and other recommended resources to deepen your understanding of assessment.
Motivating Students: 25 Strategies to Light the Fire of Engagement is a practical, hands-on guide to help teachers get all students excited about learning. Authors Carolyn Chapman and Nicole Vagle realize the importance of motivation in the classroom and the repercussions when students are unmotivated and unengaged. Their motivational framework, five core areas to light the fire of engagement in every classroom, structures the chapters: build a classroom learning community, describe and plan learning, find adventure, promote choice and control, and ensure learning. Chapter 1 lays the groundwork by defining motivation, exploring the research, explaining influential factors, describing common unmotivated learners, and providing a self-assessment for teachers to reflect on their current motivational practice. Chapters 2 through 6 the book s foundation discuss in detail each aspect of the motivation framework and outline twenty-five strategies to employ based on the root causes of particular unmotivated behaviors. The authors describe each strategy, identify tips and traps to be aware of during planning and implementation, and provide detailed, specific activities to put the strategy into practice. They explore how to create a classroom community with diverse and challenging learning opportunities so each student is motivated to succeed. Not only do students learn through challenging, appealing, and rewarding experiences, but they also continue trying when they can see where they are going and how to get there. Effective motivation creates an internal desire to grow academically, cognitively, and emotionally. Finally, chapter 7 looks at the big picture and explores how teachers, administrators, school staff, parents, and others contribute to student motivation. The authors answer some of the most frequently asked questions about motivation and engagement, including suggestions for common problems. Each chapter closes with a campfire talk, in which key questions guide the reader in professional learning conversations with colleagues; these talks can be used by individual readers or through group professional development. Motivating Students also includes an abundance of reproducibles to help teachers implement the strategies.
The Principal as Assessment Leader explores the importance of effective classroom assessment to student achievement and the role of school leaders to model and spark positive change through building teacher literacy, providing targeted professional development, acquiring appropriate technology, and more. With insights from expert practitioners, this book offers to help schools make the shift to best-practice assessment for district-wide improvements in student learning.
This is an accessible, concise introduction to phenomenological research in education and social sciences. Mark Vagle outlines the key principles for conducting this research from leading contemporary practitioners, such as van Manen, Giorgi, and Dahlberg. He builds on their work by introducing his post-intentional phenomenology, which incorporates elements of post-structural thinking into traditional methods. Vagle provides readers with methodological tools to build their own phenomenological study, addressing such issues as data gathering, validity, and writing. Replete with exercises for students, case studies, resources for further research, and examples of completed phenomenological studies, this brief book affords the instructor an easy entrée into introducing phenomenology into courses on qualitative research, social theory, or educational research.
Finalist--Association of Educational Publishers 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award
The Teacher as Assessment Leader explores the importance of effective classroom assessment and the responsibility of the teacher to ignite positive change inside the classroom. Packed with practical strategies for designing, analyzing, and using assessments from expert practitioners, this book shows how to turn best practice in classroom assessment into usable solutions for everyday teaching.