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February 28, 2015
This Week: Assessing Understanding with Formative Assessments
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Sometimes the most effective way to move the needle on learning is by allowing students to struggle through tough problems.
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Meghan Mekita’s geometry students love Formative Assessment Lessons (FAL). With FALs, students challenge themselves and leave class feeling smarter.
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Take a closer look at a group of students as they work collaboratively through some tough geometry problems.

Sarah's Notes

It seems like technology is our best friend and our worst enemy, all at the same time. We love it when it works and want to pull our hair out when it doesn’t. But I keep coming back to it, knowing that there’s more positive than negative, more promise than frustration. I want to share two quick videos from my classroom that embrace technology.

  • I get tired of having to say, “put your cell phones away.” Instead, I invite students to use their phones to give me real-time feedback about our learning.

  • Using technology to foster collaboration creates a platform for students to learn how to work with each other in online communities. Join my students as they use the easy and free Google Docs as a collaborative writing tool in this video!
Sarah Sarah Sig
Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel
Tchers’ Voice
Img LeftNow that we're fully back in school mode, make some time to try new things, improve on the old, and reignite your classroom vision.

Img LeftSeeing video of your practice can be incredibly powerful. You might be hesitant to start filming your practice for a variety of reasons. Heed these words of advice and get started!

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