Standard 5 Meta-reflection: Assessment [EDU 6613 Standards-based Assessment]

Standard 5 Assessment Assesses students’ mastery of curriculum and modifies instruction to maximize learning.  Beginning at the End When I initially went through the process of putting to paper a plan for my two-year Curriculum and Instruction program at Seattle Pacific University (SPU), I was cognizant of the order that I would take classes in. […]

Grading Philosophy

One of the reasons that I enjoy teaching middle school is that I have always felt that grading, specifically communicating achievement through report cards, are not the “high stakes” exercise that it is in high school; I have felt somewhat immune to the potential firestorms of “grades gone bad” of high school. Even Chappuis, Stiggins, […]

Portfolios: Guiding Learning, Crafting Stories

Portfolios have the capacity to package student learning in ways that direct and support metacognitive thinking; when students habitually consider how they best learn and why, and practice communicating their understanding, they are better able to employ their own set of “best practices” as learners. Chappuis, Stiggins, Chappuis and Arter (2012) support this reasoning by […]

The Use of RAFTS In Performance Task Assessments

As a language arts teacher, determining the difference between written response assessments vs. written performance task assessments is still a difficult undertaking for me. Just when I feel as if I have a grasp of the salient features that distinguish these two assessment types, my moment of clarity is once again clouded with uncertainty. The […]