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 […]

The Potential Genius of Written Response Assessments

As a language arts teacher, written response assessments are the bread and butter of my curriculum. I enjoy the challenge of crafting a succinct yet sufficiently explanatory prompt that teases even the most difficult to motivate students to action with essays brimming with evidence of critical and passionate thinking. Last year, one of my most […]

The Potentials of Selected Response Assessment

I now see that selected response assessments can play an important and valuable role in developing assessment for learning strategies, even in a language arts classroom. It’s not that I wasn’t using selected response assessments in the past. Indeed, I regularly assessed vocabulary acquisition using matching and occasionally evaluated reading comprehension using multiple-choice questions, though […]

Professional Aspirations

I’ve taught four different subjects on four different continents; working as an international educator can be a transitory experience! It requires flexibility coupled with the ability to quickly fine-tune curriculum to meet established educational standards with an eye to cultural relativity and sensitivity. Until I enter my classroom shortly before students arrive, I never know […]