A blog post for no other reason, but to mark this glorious day in history…
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Are our children being used in a new, horrible form of the Hunger Games? Are the odds ever in their favor?
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Teachers. I beg of you. Don’t let them redefine education.
Here is the definition of the word “assessment”
See that. An evaluation of the nature, quality, or ability of someone. Example given is perfectly clear: “a teacher’s assessment”.
But, look at today’s colleges … look at the new definition of assessment:
Assessment is the process of gathering data?
Since when is an evaluation of someone’s nature or ability reduced to the gathering of data? Since when is that OK?
And, since when do we need to hire a company to score our children, especially a company making revenues off our children to the tune of 8.2 billion dollars?
Do we not trust our teachers? I know I do.
Granted, I am a teacher, so some might say that makes me biased, but fact is, like a cook in his own restaurant, I am actually more critical. I’ve been in the kitchen, you know?
But, I trust the teachers who commit their lives to teaching my children. And, if I don’t, I trust my administration to help me find a suitable match. And, if they don’t, I trust my school board to handle the situation and to offer me choices. And, if they don’t, I trust the public to vote in folks who will. You get the picture?
I trust the humans in my community to help me raise my children. I don’t trust Pearson. If I did, my children wouldn’t be in public schools, they would be in Pearson schools.
I trust the system. I don’t trust Pearson.
Do you? I mean, seriously teachers … you’ve seen the tests.
So, why give data mongers and big billionaires like Pearson all the control?
We have other choices. Trust yourself. Speak Up.
Speak up in meetings. Speak up in PLC. Speak up at your school boards. Speak up in your media. Speak up.
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When people think of assessment, pencils and bubble sheets may be the first things that come to mind. Assessment does not always have to involve paper and pencil, but can instead be a project, an observation, or a task that shows a student has learned the material.
In the end, all we really want to know is that the skill was mastered, right? Why not make it fun and engaging for students as well?
Many teachers shy away from alternative assessments because they take extra time and effort to create and to grade. On the other hand, once the assessment guidelines and grading rubric are created, it can be filed away and used year after year.
The project card and rubric can be run on card stock (one on each side of the page), laminated, and hole punched with other alternative assessment ideas. Keep them all together in a binder or with an o-ring. Assessment just became a snap!
Here are 40 alternative assessment ideas to get you started!
Create a bookmark to match the theme of the last book read.
2. Time Capsule
Put together a group of 5 things from the story of the week.
3. Stuffed Animal
Students can make a stuffed animal that matches the theme of the story read.
4. Business Card
Summarize the story by designing a business card (this will be harder than it sounds).
5. Radio Show
Create a radio program that is set in the same time as the book.
Make a recipe (or just the instructions) for something that a character in the story might make.
7. Paper Doll
More geared towards the younger set, this activity involves creating paper dolls and costume changes for the characters in the story.
8. Wanted Poster
Make a wanted poster for the antagonist in the book.
Alternative Writing Assessments
Write a eulogy for a word that is overused in the student’s own writing samples.
Students will tape a segment that uses persuasion.
11. Bumper Sticker
Design a bumper sticker with a catchy slogan for each of the writing genres.
Pairs can create a slideshow about their writing process from start to finish.
Students can form teams to create a news program about writing conventions (run-on sentences, spacing, punctuation, etc.)
14. Comic Strip
Draw a comic strip that shows examples of figurative language.
Create a brochure that explains the steps involved when writing for different audiences.
Create a survey of students’ favorite writing styles or writing pet peeves. Make a graph that explains the results.
Alternative Math Assessments
17. Acrostic Poem
Using one math term, such as geometry or algebra, make an acrostic poem.
18. Internet Resource List
Students will find a list of websites that explain the current math concepts correctly.
19. Readers’ Theater
Perform a readers’ theater that is all about the current topic.
20. Crossword Puzzle
Use the vocabulary from the assessed chapter to create a crossword puzzle, including the design and matching clues.
21. Scrapbook Page
Each student makes a page that describes a certain vocabulary word. Combine them to provide a future review tool for students.
22. Paint By Number
More artistically-inclined students may want to create a paint by number portrait that includes math terms and examples. They can also write and solve problems that match the paint-by-number answers.
Find a pattern in the current math unit that can be explained.
Using magazines, students can cut up and paste math strand examples.
Alternative Science Assessments
25. Help Wanted Ad
Write an ad to find a “professor” who can help to explain the subject at hand.
26. Singing Telegram
More musically-inclined students may love to create a song about the latest chapter.
Mark on a calendar (paper or electronic copy) the time frame for how long it takes to see changes in a scientific event (such as erosion or plants growing).
Pen a diary entry from a famous scientist.
29. Advice Column
Students write advice to an “anonymous friend” who has a scientific problem that needs solved.
30. Trivia Game
Students create the questions (and answers) that will be used in a review game.
Design a t-shirt that matches the current science concepts.
No explanation needed for this one.
Alternative Social Studies Assessments
Compose a cheer for someone in history who has struggled through something in your latest unit.
34. Fashion Sketch
Draw an example of what a person would wear from the era being studied.
Create a drawing (or a prototype) of a toy that might have been used from the children of that specific time period.
Recreate an important historical event.
37. Family Tree
Research the family tree of a famous historical person.
38. Time Line
Students create a class timeline as they study different eras. Post the master time line up in the classroom and add as new eras are learned.
Memorize and recite an important historical speech.
40. Museum Exhibit
Students each create a museum “artifact” and set them up in the classroom as a museum, where they will stand next to their artifact to explain and answer questions from visitors. Invite other classes or parents to come do a walkthrough of your museum.
Woops. Did I say ass?
I meant to say boycott.
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OK. Let me just put this out there. I’m guessing since I’ve been a card carrying, blue dog democrat, for decades, I have earned the right to say it. So here goes.
I hope the Republicans do block President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination.
Yup. I don’t trust him. I did once.
I definitely don’t anymore.
Go ahead. Attack away at me for saying it. But, tell me this.
Do you trust a man who gave you Rahm Emmanuel, Arne Duncan, The Race to the Top, and John King?
Nope. Neither do I.
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Listen. The tests are a joke. We all know it. Our children are suffering. Our schools are falling apart. Our teachers are quitting in droves. It is time to do something. Will you?
Here is my state: The Florida Standards Assessment test questions were rented from Utah for 5.4 million after Utah realized the test was so bad, they threw it out. Then, Florida computer systems crashed for weeks making testing a complete joke. You remember the posts. Now, 11 months later and 2 weeks before the kids start testing again, they finally release scores … and people care what grade their school got?
Are you kidding me?
Wherever you live, do this instead … call every news station, every news paper, and every politician running their mouth about school testing grades, and give them the hell. Flood their emails. Tie up their networks and media pages with opposition until they stop or step up.
Here are some contacts to get you started:
For all elected officials, go here.
Other News Outlet Twitter Feeds:
Other Florida Papers:
Jacksonville Jacksonville BUZZ (F) (T)
Statewide Fabulous Florida
Statewide Florida Homes and Lifestyles
Statewide Florida Law Journal (F) (V)
Statewide Florida Monthly Magazine (T)
Statewide Florida Sportsman (F) (T) (V)
Statewide Florida Travel and Life (F) (T)
Statewide Southern Boating (F)
Statewide The Beachside Resident (F) (T)
Embry-Riddle Avion (F)
Florida A&M Univ The Famuan Online (F) (T) (V)
Florida Atlantic Univ University Press (F) (T) (V)
Florida Colleges Between Classes Magazine (F) (T) (V)
Florida State Univ FSView (F) (T) (V)
Florida Tech The Crimson (F) (T)
Univ of Central Florida Central Florida Future (F) (T)
Univ of FL – Gainsville Independent Alligator (F) (T)
Univ of Miami Miami Hurricane (F) (T)
Univ of South Florida The Oracle (F) (T) (V)
Univ of Tampa The Minaret (F) (T)
University of North Florida Spinnaker (F) (T) (V)
Check out this storify about high stakes testing in schools … and take action today.
Say it isn’t so … ?
Say I didn’t just read that Chicago Board of Education Members, Henry Bienen and Mahalia Hines, were making fun of an impassioned parent who chose to speak up for her children and their teachers … ?
Really ? Really ?
So, while Rousemary Vega, Chicago parent, is pleading for her children in the space of under two minutes, while she is fighting for the rights of students and teachers everywhere, the right to speak up and be heard … they mock her? They turn and ridicule her?
I am a teacher. When we see that kind of behavior in the classroom, we are obligated to address it. If it continues, prolonged, it is an indicator of bullying. And, even from way down here in Florida, this teacher can call their behavior exactly what it is … bullying.
Yes … bullying. And do you know what they teach us to do when we see bullying? Stand up to it … recognize it … report it.
So, Chicago Board of Ed Members Bienen and Hines … shame on you. Consider yourself REPORTED ! And for the rest, everywhere, remember : We are watching – we will speak up – we will not be silenced, shamed, or bullied.
Here is the video from that meeting. Watch the amazing Rousemary Vega, BADASS MOM, as she speaks up for children and teachers:
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I have recently considered doing a regular pod cast on education. I debated a name for this new series. Tonight, I decided on a name. While listening to my favorite podcast, a 1930’s radio show entitled, ‘Behind the Mike’ I decided to call my show ‘Behind the Test’.
I hope to dive deep into this recent obsession with high stakes testing in schools. To start off this announcement, I will share a tweet by a friend today. She is opting her child out of testing.
Retweeted (@MSGunderson): My son, who is in 8th grade and opted out, asked me to write this on his forearm in protest. http://t.co/HlkPnPfND5
This is the state of testing in education today.
Read the writing on the wall … on the arms … behind the test.
To repost friend and fellow education advocate, Dr. Mark Naison : “Interrogation of opting out children by lawyers for the Chicago Public Schools is one of the sickest examples of police state tactics I have heard of in some time- a new low at a time when the bar of decency and morality has already been lowered substantially. We all need to stand up against this as if it were our own children being interrogated, because it is only a matter of time before others in power duplicate this outrage.”
More on Chicago Schools here:
First podcast tomorrow, March 22nd. #BehindTheTest
Behind The Mike:
From Stop Senate Bill 6 Page on FaceBook – TAKE ACTION on VOUCHERS NOW!
PLEASE make these calls tomorrow (Monday 3/17). The voucher expansion bill will be up in the Choice and Innovation Subcommittee on Tuesday.
Vouchers harm public schools by diverting tax dollars to unaccountable private schools.
Please call or email members of the Choice and Innovation Subcommittee. Ask them to vote NO to HB 7099.
Representative Michael Bileca (850) 717-5115
Representative George Moraitis (850) 717-5093
Representative Joe Saunders (850) 717-5049
Representative Larry Ahern (850) 717-5066
Representative Randolph Bracy (850) 717-5045
Representative Manny Diaz (850) 717-5103
Representative Bill Hager (850) 717-5089
Representative Shevrin Jones (850) 717-5101
Representative Kionne McGhee (850) 717-5117
Representative Larry Metz (850) 717-5032
Representative Kathleen Passidomo (850) 717-5106
Representative Ross Spano (850) 717-5059
Representative Charlie Stone (850) 717-5022
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