Jay Parker

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Recent Posts by Jay

Thu Jun 30, 2016 7:50 AM in Assessing Science
Hi Celina, I'm a soon-to-be-in-the-classroom teacher as well. One of the things I've seen work really well is pre-testing/pre-assessing. If you start out understanding what your students know and don't know, then you can get a good idea of what things you need to focus on. If you know going into a lesson which students are ahead and which students are behind, you can plan ahead. I think y...

Thu Jun 30, 2016 7:42 AM in Formative assessments
I'm a big fan of KWLs and exit tickets. Hand them out at the last 5 minutes of class and ask students to tell you something they Know, something they want to know, and something they learned. This will help you see what students learned that day and where there may be misconceptions. You can do it online too. If you've ever used goformative.com, you can post little quizzes (students can write ...

Thu Jun 30, 2016 7:35 AM in assessing students
Here's an idea, ask your students what they like to do. Do they like to draw? Write? Sing? Speak? A brief survey of student interests can help you come up with new ideas about how to come up with new assessment ideas. The students will also be more engaged with the assessment and take it more seriously, since they feel like they have some ownership over it. I agree with you that pencil and ...

Recent Public Collections by Jay


5 Resources

Formative Assessment Probes: Uncovering Students' Ideas in Science
Type: Journal Article

Science Sampler: Using graphic organizers as formative assessment
Type: Journal Article

Waves and light

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Nature of Light: Light as Waves
Type: Science Object


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Editor’s Roundtable: Differentiated instruction to the rescue!
Type: Journal Article

Unit Pages: Differentiation for 200 Students
Type: Journal Article