Gryffindor Discussion 4 Notes

* Most students didn’t mind taking a CAT or STAR test as a child, but still would get anxiety before, during, and after an exam. That’s not to say that we liked taking them.

* Rather than just issue a grade, instructors should offer constructive criticism and explain the parts that the student didn’t understand that resulted in them getting a poor grade.

* Setting goals for yourself is a good way to address accountability and accomplishment.

* Teacher/student compassion is key to some students being able to succeed.

* Teachers allowing students to go back and correct their mistakes on test for a half point as long as they show their work is helpful in development of content and comprehension.

Discussion 3

Team: Gryffindor

Assessment Block

Roles:

Discussion leader: Will

Note Taker: Biviana

Twitter/Time Keeper: Luna

Devil’s Advocate/Challenge Tweeter: Madison

Summary of last discussion:

  • Based off of the previous discussion, teachers should not be responsible for students’ assessments on state tests 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.
  • Some students 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.
  • There should be another form of accountability in other ways than just the standardized tests. Observational accountability is an option.
  • Teachers working together reviewing students’ work is 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.

Discussion Warm Up:

You Tube Video: http://youtu.be/ioqTq9KSuh8

Discussion Questions

  1. In what ways can you get the students who are on a winning streak to assist those that are on a losing streak?
  2. The reading states that teachers and students are partners in the assessment for learning process. What do you think is meant by this?
  3. How would you set your students up for success?
  4. How would you turn students’ failure into success?

Discussion Ender:

“…each student is an individual. You have to know where they are on that continuum…assessment for learning; it’s about the kids. It’s about the students and making them better.”