Team Gryffindor Notes for Discussion 2

Discussion Questions:

  1. Do you think teachers should be responsible for students’ assessments on state tests?

    1. Based off of the previous discussion, no, because there is a chance that there could be too much focus on one or two students. There is also the issue of kids that get outside help.

    2. What about kids gifted in the arts? Someone can be amazing at art and music, be well versed in math, but if they have severe test anxiety, then they will almost always do poorly on the test. If you’re a good teacher, you will know your students well enough to know if they truly understand the material.

    3. Students that are verbal rather than visual processors tend to do poorly on paper tests. Some students may be better at comprehension, which is when one-on-one attention would be key. On assessments, this is rarely available, but it may be crucial to the success of the student. From personal experience, many feel that would be better.

    4. Every individual tests differently, so that means that the testing should be provided in different ways to account for that.

    5. There should be another form of accountability in other ways than just the standardized tests. Observational accountability is an option.

    6. There are other options like “data meetings” where specific points are mentioned where teachers and all of the school faculty can collaborate to ensure that education is a group effort instead of having all of the responsibility placed on one person.

    7. Help may need to happen, but not in the amount that the students begin to rely on the teacher’s help all of the time.

  2. The four principles that are important in classroom assessment are: reliability, reference points, validity, and record-keeping. Which of these four principles do you think is more important?

    1. It’s a tough question because one doesn’t work without the other. However, validity, because interpretation of what the student is learning is key. But, really, you can’t have one without all of the others.

    2. In order to be reliable you have to be valid, they all work together.

  3. What methods would you use in your classroom to ensure assessment covers targeted learning outcomes while remaining reliable and valid?

    1. Both qualitative, interviewing, questioning and test scores

  4. Do you think teachers working together reviewing students’ work is a good or bad idea?

    1. It’s a good idea. Teachers bouncing ideas off of each other and principal support is key. Principal support for teachers especially when dealing with incidents with students is key and teachers should not feel and have to be in this alone.

    2. I like the idea of teachers communicating with each other. This should help a lot with students falling behind.

Discussion Ender: “It is individuals, not classes, who learn.” (page 8)

i. This idea exists in the notion that one size no longer fits all when it comes to education.

 

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