These days it’s easy to find fun and engaging activities for your students online.
Heck, you may have even found something on this blog that sparked your interest.
But just because you like the activity doesn’t mean that it will assess the skills you NEED to assess.
Choosing a digital assessment strategy is not easy, but it is critical to success!
In this episode, I have another amazing guest who shares a lesson and assessment that didn’t work out as planned.
Carly Black is an eighth-grade language arts teacher in Ashland, Ohio. She and her teacher husband also have toddlers at home, so she’s well-versed in handling kids of various ages!
Carly is here to share some classroom struggles and some projects that she’s tried. We can all be guilty of finding cool, engaging projects and forgetting to make sure they align with our purposes.
In this episode, Carly and I work through coaching questions to help her discover something very interesting about her assessments, and possibilities for improvement going forward.
After Carly describes her struggle with the choice board part of her lesson, I’ll push her to figure out answers for herself.
Don’t miss this conversation! Every teacher can learn something from this very special on-air coaching episode.
How to Choose a Digital Assessment Strategy with @teachmomrepeat! #shakeuplearning #edtech
In This Episode:
[00:28] – Kasey welcomes listeners back to the Shake Up Learning Show, and introduces today’s guest!
[02:16] – Before digging into the meat of the episode, Kasey gives a shoutout to Sarah Ackerman-Hale, who shared an amazing project with all of us in the Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook.
[04:26] – Today’s question comes from Sarah Fromhold, who wants to know how to integrate the dynamic learning framework within the parameters of the reading/writing and math workshop model.
[08:10] – Kasey explains how her on-air coaching episodes work.
[09:02] – We hear a bit about a typical day in Carly’s classroom, as well as why this year was particularly challenging.
[11:51] – Carly talks about the kind of technology and devices that she has available to her students in her classroom.
[14:46] – What’s going well in Carly’s classroom this year? And what tools does she use for her class blogs?
[18:11] – Carly tells listeners about a lesson that she wants help in revamping to reach all the students in her classroom.
[22:25] – Kasey responds to the points that Carly has been making.
[23:37] – On a scale of 1-10, how would Carly rank the choice-board part of the activity that she has been talking about? What would she have to change to move it closer to a 10?
[25:52] – Carly muses that maybe she should have left some choices blank to let the kids come up with ideas.
[27:47] – What would Carly’s students be doing differently if her project were a 10? How would she be able to measure the change in her students?
[29:32] – We learn about how Carly made her initial assessment at the beginning of the year, and what would have brought the assessment closer to a 10.
[32:02] – Did Carly’s original assessment align to the learning goals that she had for her students?
[34:44] – Now that Carly has explored the answers to Kasey’s questions, she talks about what her next steps would be in reshaping and redesigning this lesson.
[38:19] – Kasey responds to what Carly has been saying, and shares her appreciation for Carly’s willingness to participate in the conversation and exercises.
[41:37] – How can other teachers get in touch with Carly? She suggests visiting her site Teach Mom Repeat or visiting her on Twitter or on Instagram.
[44:19] – Carly shares her biggest piece of advice for teachers: talk to each other!
[44:51] – Kasey takes a moment to share her thoughts on the conversation with Carly.
Podcast Question of the Week:
[46:51] – Here’s the podcast question of the week: “How do you ensure that your assessment strategy is aligned to your end goal?” Post your answers in the Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook, or on your favorite social media platform with the #ShakeUpLearning hashtag. (You can see all podcast questions for each episode on this page.)
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[50:12] – Thank you for tuning in! Kasey shares some final thoughts on her conversation, and invites listeners to subscribe and leave a review for the podcast (bonus points if you use the word “y’all” in your review!).
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Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
- The Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook
- Join the Shake Up Learning Book Study!
- Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic by Kasey Bell
- Education Podcast Network
- Carly Black on Twitter
- Carly Black on Instagram
- Carly’s class blog
- Teach Mom Repeat (Carly’s site)
- Teach Mom Repeat on Teachers Pay Teachers
- Orca Books
About Carly Black
Carly’s class blog
Location: Ashland, Ohio, USA
Title: ELA teacher
School District/Campus (or Employer): Ashland Middle School
Bio: Carly Black spends her days encouraging eighth graders in Ashland, Ohio to believe reading and writing is totally cool. At night she chases toddlers with her teacher husband and in the morning repeats the process all over again. Find the lessons and ideas she uses to encourage her students and tame her toddlers on the blog www.TeachMomRepeat.com.
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