Assessments

Always teaching, always learning

        I think I’m on the right track…summative assessments or formative assessments, however you want to categorize them, they are “driving” the educational world.  How do we measure a student’s ability strictly based on filling in circles on a scantron?

On one side of the coin teachers are told to get through a certain amount of information in the curriculum, do it effectively, and do it by the “book” (the rules or literally, however you want to interpret it).  On the other side of the coin, we are also asked to stimulate students, keep them involved, remain positive, and do it all effectively at the expense of losing some of the core content that needs to be stressed.  So how do we as educators find that right balance?

More and more students are lacking the core ingredients, knowledge, or just flat out information in all subjects to really…

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