Kelly Davis

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Recent Reviews by Kelly

Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:19 PM
4 Good example of using drawing to assess students
This article focused on how the authors used drawings as an assessment of their ELL students by creating a rubric, making students aware of the rubric and the details on it, and then grading them using the rubric. I thought it was a clever and creative way to demonstrate the knowledge of those students whose vocabulary may not be as well-developed due to lack of English language skills. My only concern with it is that drawing pictures is not going to be allowed on the state tests and at some point these students will be held accountable for their knowledge in a way other than drawing and talking. Otherwise I think the use of pictures and interview about the pictures is a great idea. I would also like to hear other strategies beside this too. ?

Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:14 PM
4 Nice easy, yet informative, read
I really liked how this article was told from a teacher’s point of view and she teaches the same grade level I do! That honestly got me hooked to keep reading and be interested. ? Also, I loved when she mentioned that differentiation could be as simple as “all students could be given the same task, but how they chose to handle it would be their individual choice.” Too often we make differentiation SO time-consuming and overcomplicated. It was also interesting to hear how she felt her students did so much better on the performance assessment than on the paper and pencil assessments given previously. Once again my only concern would be the transition from the performance based to being able to also perform on tests that aren’t hands on. However, I did really like the fact that she required them to write down their answers and explain their thinking, which does go along with what we have been told about the new Georgia Milestones.