shutterstock_115219369

Another way to look at formative assessment: Newsmap

This morning, I awoke to a tweet from Vicki Davis/@coolcatteacher: “A faster way to read the news: Newsmap.” It caught my sleepy attention, because I had, for years, used Newsmap in the classroom. Vicki linked to her quick blog on the way that Newsmap works. (Read it to find out more about Newsmap.) While, I […]

Harkness Circle Completed

Spider Web Discussions as a Formative Assessment

Several years ago, I began implementing more classroom opportunities for my students to practice their verbal communication skills. Having access to unlimited technology had allowed me to support their online and written communication skills, but I still saw a lack of both oral and listening skills on the part of my juniors and seniors. There […]

shutterstock_83196523

How Project-Based Learning Can Support Standardized Testing

Today, I’m ready to celebrate! It is Friday and the standardized testing season, for my fourth grade daughter, is officially over. A few weeks ago, we finished the math, reading, and writing portions of the PSSAs (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment). Now, science is behind us and I won’t have to hear about the PSSAs […]