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Making Assessments Matter Without Driving Yourself Crazy

How can I use assessment to meet the needs of and create excitement in my middle-schoolers, without spending hours grading or teaching to a test? These resources will be specifically helpful for middle school teachers, but could be adapted for any age range.
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Making Assessments Matter Without Driving Yourself Crazy
  • Rosy Reed says:
    This tech savvy teacher from Philadelphia provides great ideas for integrating technology into your teaching, and specifically for using it to make assessments more helpful and more reasonable to implement.
  • Rosy Reed says:
    Provide this assessment tracker to each student for the front of their binder. At the beginning of each unit, ensure students are clear on the goals that the next quiz will be assessing. Then after each quiz, share the class results and allow students to enter in their own data so they are clear on their progress and can set targets for the next assessment!
  • Rosy Reed says:
    In this short video clip, an excellent 8th grade math teacher at KIPP: DC films herself providing feedback to one of her students. This clip (and the others she has posted) let me see some great techniques for providing short but effective feedback to an individual student during indepedent practice time so I didn't end up spending an hour with one kid.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Common Assessment Resources – Middle and High School Version

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    Rosy Reed says:
    This is an awesome document for pulling standards based questions for use on exit slips, guided practice, homework, quizzes, etc. The document provides links to state's released test items (primarily grades 6-12). Using this resource, you can pull questions much like the ones your students will be tested on for practice throughout the year and you don't need to spend time trying to invent them.
  • Rosy Reed says:
    This video, narrated by students and teachers, demonstrates 10 different ideas for learning focused formative assessments. These strategies help put assessment in students' hands, creating more motivation for kids and less administrative work for teachers!
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    dropbox.com

    Tips for using Daily Assessments

    5 minute read
    Rosy Reed says:
    For middle school teachers, this one-pager is a quick list of ideas for making assessments meaningful but also manageable for a busy teacher.