Ashley Murphy

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Recent Reviews by Ashley

Sun Oct 05, 2014 11:53 AM
4 Beyond Paper and Pencil - Other Ways to Assess?
When I first saw the title of this article I thought it would be a great read for me. In the past I have had a hard time getting past using just paper and pencil assessments (as that is the only way I was assessed while I was in school) so I thought this article would offer some different ideas that I could use. After beginning to read this article I soon realized that it wasn’t quite what I thought it would be, but still offered some ideas that I could use. I like the idea of using tasks that offer students equipment and materials to use, which most of the kids favored during testing anyway. I just worry about the time involved to grade this type of test using rubrics. I don’t think this type of assessment could given in just any subject, but would be a great assessment to use for science. As stated in the article, the subjectivity that the committee dealt with when scoring the pilot tests was one reason many educators prefer not use this time of tests. I agree that this could definitely be a problem, maybe a nonbiased person could score the assessment... I think the article sums it up perfectly – If science literacy is going to be measured in terms of what students know and are able to do, then the tests we give them better allow students to do something. I’m just not sure what the best way to do this is.

Sun Oct 05, 2014 11:47 AM
4 Assessing for Achievement - Throughout a Unit
The beginning of this article says that, “Science teachers my struggle to help students move from active engagement in hands-on science experiments to high levels of achievement on paper-and-pencil tests. As soon as I read this I thought to myself this is so true. As I continued to read I was looking forward to finding out how to fix this struggle that teachers have through the 5E instructional model. The lesson example that was given in the article really made it make sense on how a teacher could assess throughout a unit so that their students could go from hands-on to paper-pencil and still be successful. I like the thought of having the students tell about the top five to help with understanding what they already know/don’t know during the engage phase of the lesson. Open ended questions while students are exploring are also a great way to assess where they are. By far, my favorite idea was the ticket out the door. I’ve used this idea before, but not like the example that was given. Instead of just using the ticket out the door to see what students have learned, the teacher used this to regroup the students the following day – “Ah-ha” Why didn’t I think of doing this? This would provide a great opportunity to help students who were still struggling (to get the ready for assessment) and to enrich those who already knew it. I do this with pre-tests, why wouldn’t I do this on a daily basis using tickets out the door or other quick assessments I use during a unit?