Donnetta Harike

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Recent Reviews by Donnetta

Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:12 PM
5 Alternate Assessment for English Language
This article discusses alternative assessment strategies to use with ELL learners. It addressed the issue of the weaknesses these learners have with the traditional paper and pencil testing methods due to their weak writing skills. But the article discussed how they used drawing and talking assessments to gauge ELL learning. They found that allowing students to draw what they know assessed the student’s conceptual understanding of material. The article also discussed the importance of student’s discussions with each other during learning time. I also LOVED the suggestion and comments about the students aiding in the making of the rubric and assessment tool. I do not currently serve ELL students in my classroom but can definitely use some of these strategies with my struggling students. I also will continue to use my turn and talk strategies in my classroom. I have learned as a learner that if I have a chance to talk my thoughts out with others before I complete an assessment that I gain confidence in my knowledge as well as learn from others. Why shouldn’t my students have the same advantage??

Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:07 PM
4 Performance Based Assessment
The teacher in this article the teacher is thrilled and enjoys seeing the results in her students when using performance based testing. I liked the tasks that she shared in the article. The tasks she shared are perfect to replicate in my classroom since they covered our 2nd grade standards. The questioning she used encourages the students to think critically and engages them in communicating what they know about the subject matter. She also shares that when using this type of assessment differentiation can happen easier and benefits all learners. I am looking forward to using this task in my room on matter. The use of critical thinking while making connections with content is excellent. Students today do not get ample time to talk about what they know since we are always so busy pushing standards and information in them. My misconception with performance tasks: I think I fear that I am so engrossed in teaching my content standards that I often do not hear what my students already know and need to know. Can't wait to change my perception like this teacher did in this article.