ASSESSMENT FUN AND GAMES

FUN: Focused, Useful, eNgaging Is the FUN missing in your assessments? Tests may not provoke joy in your students, but these strategies can make assessment more user-friendly than traditional measures. These active assessments are informative, engaging, responsive, support student ownership, and of course, align with learning intentions. SPOT THE FAKE Choose the real news item from […]

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HOLISTIC* vs. ATOMISTIC* ASSESSMENT

Holistic, similar to the word whole, means to develop comprehensive and coherent mental representations of learning. Rather than simply completing a selected-choice test, it means recognizing the schema of learning. Holistic assessments are multidimensional in that they include varied facets of learning from recall of vocabulary to production of new ideas. Holistic assessments unify multiple […]

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Insights and Inspiring Ideas from AVL 2017

Back at home, after spending time on the road and enjoying the buzz of airports (really, I love them), it’s time to refocus on teaching, learning, and assessing. By far, the most exciting experience was spending several days at Corwin’s Annual Visible Learning Conference. Inspired by the best minds in education, including John Hattie, Peter […]

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TALKING WITH PARENTS ABOUT ASSESSMENT: 5 Things Parents Need to Know

1. Tests and Assessments Are Not the Same A test examines a student’s knowledge, understanding, and skills to determine what level of learning has been reached. It generally results in a numerical or letter grade. Assessment involves gathering, analyzing, and responding to a student’s strengths and misconceptions about their learning. It offers informative feedback to […]

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Testimonials

“Although my teachers agreed that the story of “The Blind Men and the Elephant” can be a metaphor for assessment, you facilitated and illuminated their understanding. Take-aways included valuable and relevant strategies that they could immediately put to use in their classrooms. I admire your dedication to our profession and your outstanding presentation skills. You are truly a 21st century educator.”

( Principal, Cheshire Public Schools )

"Dr. Greenstein clearly explains how formative assessment can help teachers do their work smarter and more effectively. I especially like the way she weaves practical next-day strategies into the description of the topic. This is a must for any educator who really believes that every child can learn.”

( Jim L., Connecticut School Superintendent )

“Laura has done a phenomenal job of building a research-based foundation; defining thinking, actions, and skills for living in our complex world; showing how to incorporate common core standards and technology into the mix; and providing suggestions on how to assess it all. As an added bonus, she showed us numerous assessment strategies and lesson plans.”

( Julie P., Assessment Coordinator )