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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tests and Parents...

When considering this question posed by a parent, I would first look at the grades on the test for the entire class. I have given tests before and saw that the majority of my kids failed and I have gone back and did some re-teaching before re-assessing the students.  I know my students that really do well because they put forth the effort and are very conscientious of their work, so when they struggle, I know there is a problem and I use their performance along with the entire class’ scores to gauge the problem. If the result indicates that I may not have done a good job covering the material, I have no problem going back over the content. In addition, now that we have done the last few weeks lessons, I feel much more confident in my test development and I feel I would be able to support the fact that my tests follow research-based testing strategies. I can’t say I would have felt that way before. Nevertheless, I think I would be prepared to answer the parent’s question confidently at this point in my teaching career. 

1 comment:

LRS said...

I agree. I feel much better after the lesson on testing. Before I would've scrambled like crazy to figure out what the problem was. Now I can rest assured that the problem is probably not my tests, yes I may need to reteach the lesson. But I will feel more comfortable with my tests. I am in the same boat with you as looking at my best performing students to gauge where the other students could be if they had put their best effort in. Some students really try, care, and STUDY… believe that or not. lol