About the author I had no idea my students knew so much. We learned more about what they got from The Giver, in one brown bag morning than from a hundred tests. A brown bag exam? What on earth could lunch have to do with testing students on a Newbery Award-winning novel?
Receive free lesson plans, printables, and worksheets by email: Unfortunately, our images of school are almost factory images, so school is very standardized.
But kids don't come in standard issue. The challenge is having teachers question the standardized notion of school and then helping kids realize there's a better way to do school. It has to do with being sensitive to the needs of your students and finding ways to help students make the necessary connections for learning to occur in the best possible way.
In this day and age, we have extensive research available to us to assist us in creating instructional environments that will maximize the learning opportunities that will assist students in developing the knowledge and skills necessary for achieving positive learning outcomes.
Brain-based research helps us to know the many influences that can affect learning. The more we understand about "how" students learn best given the variables affect learning, the better equipped we are to provide instruction that will maximize learning outcomes.
Other valuable links on this topic can be found at: Obviously, the ideal is to create instruction that will address all three learning styles: Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic.
Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences has received an overwhelming response from educators in the past several years. Gardner offers seven different ways to demonstrate intellectual ability and has recently added an eight intelligence.
Understanding how students demonstrate their intellectual capacity is an important factor in designing instruction that will meet the specific learning needs of students who may be dominant in one or several intelligence as opposed to other forms of intelligence.
More information on these topics can be found on: Authentic Assessment Not enough can be said about authentic assessment. Basically, what it means is that students are tested on what they have been taught and hopefully, what they have learned.
The greatest implications are that: The bottom line is that authentic assessment offers students the opportunity to "measure up" to the standards that are aligned to the curriculum.
For more information on this very important topic, go to: After having read what the research has to offer on differentiated instruction, specifically, brain-based research on learning, learning styles and multiple intelligences, and authentic assessment, you are now ready to plan.
Step 1- Know Your Students Determine the ability level of your students. This can be done by surveying past records of student performance to determine capabilities, prior learning, past experiences with learning, etc. It is also important to get to know your students informally.
Is behavior management a problem? This is key when planning for activities that require less structure.
However, it is still important to determine learning styles and preferences for students who may have a hard time controlling their behaviors. Sometimes knowing preferences can help to motivate students to attend to any tasks that are presented.
Step 2- Have a Repertoire of Teaching Strategies Because "one size does not fit all," it is imperative that a variety of teaching strategies be used in a differentiated classroom. Among many teaching strategies that can be considered, there are four worth mentioning: Direct Instruction This is the most widely used and most traditional teaching strategy.
It is teacher centered and can be used to cover a great amount of material in the amount of time teachers have to cover what students need to learn. It is structured and is based on mastery learning. More information can be found on: It is based on the scientific method and works very well in developing critical thinking and problem solving skills.
It is student centered and requires students to conduct investigations independent of the teacher, unless otherwise directed or guided through the process of discovery. For more information, go to:Follow the links below to examples of standards, tasks and rubrics, and portfolios, most of which were developed by teachers in my graduate Authentic Assessment course who graciously agreed to allow me to share them with you.
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1 Assessment in Practice How an Outcomes-Based Curriculum Enables Authentic Assessment Jacob Amidon, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs. Assessments have become a critical piece to education reform. To prepare students well for college and career means they must deeply learn the material and its application to their lives and future learning.
Choose the Right Synonym for authentic. authentic, genuine, bona fide mean being actually and exactly what is claimed. authentic implies being fully trustworthy as according with fact an authentic account of the perilous journey ; it can also stress painstaking or faithful imitation of an original.
an authentic reproduction authentic Vietnamese cuisine genuine implies actual character not. Authentic assessments attempt to demonstrate what a student actually learns in class rather than the student’s ability to do well on traditional tests and quizzes.
Many have claimed this type of assessment an excellent means of evaluating a student’s knowledge of subject matter.