Friday Agenda

Today we did a trial run of our “Friday Agenda” independent assessment day. Boy, that was a mouthful! :).

It was very, um, interesting! I can’t wait I tell you about it. Later this weekend. 🙂

It’s been a long day- drove all over creation this afternoon and tonight spending time with my daughter. SO- look for post this weekend about our new method for assessing/grades!!!!

I’ve been thinking…..

Actually, to say I’ve been thinking is an understatement! I do that all the time. 🙂

But- I’ve been thinking more than usual! About all things related to teaching. There’s so much I want to do this year with my 6th graders, but I’m really doing a pretty good job taking baby steps.

However- now I’ve got something brewing in my mind that I just can’t let go of. It has to do with testing, grades, choice, and independence.

Here’s my rough draft plan that has formulated in my mind:

Fridays are our heavy testing day. Math test, spelling quiz, reading assessment. I’m also going to add history in since I can’t seem to figure out a definite way of getting 6 grades in history each 6 weeks (which is required for all subjects).

So back to my plan.

I’m wanting to make Fridays more of a set your own agenda and work at your own pace kind of day.

I might create a guide sheet to give to the students on Friday mornings with assignments that are due by the end if the day. Then let them plan their own day. With a little guidance and nudging and support if needed.

With built in free time for them to CHOOSE what else to explore, read, learn, do.

Ok- that’s as far as I’ve gotten with my plan. 🙂

I’m wanting to implement it NEXT Friday so stay tuned for a final copy of:

“Shannon has lost her mind even more!”

Authentic Assessments

Formative vs. Summative assessments

Formative assessments inFORM you about what your students know and don’t know so that you change your instruction to match their needs.

Summative assessments SUM up their learning.

Here are some great authentic assessments that you can use in your classroom.

Summative Assessments

http://jfmueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/toolbox/examples/authentictaskexamples.htm

Formative Assessments

http://wvde.state.wv.us/teach21/ExamplesofFormativeAssessment.html

Do you use formative assessments to make changes in your teaching?

What kind of summative assessments do you use for grading purposes?