Archive for October 2007

Do Goals & Objectives Change When You Take a Class Online?

October 30, 2007

The answer to the question of whether goals & objectives should change when you move from a face-to-face classroom to an online classroom can best be conveyed in a metaphor about shopping.  When we go out to shop for anything really you a goal in mind of picking an item.  You want to look at […]

Not Assessment, But It Is Still a Hot Topic

October 28, 2007

When it comes to the well-being of children the people who will probably be the most outspoken about any new policy will be the parents.  That seems to be the case with a clinic at a middle school offering birth control pills to girls.  The school fills as though it is protecting the small group […]

Should We Adopt e-Portfolios?

October 28, 2007

I read a paper on e-Portfolios and how we should be moving to a different type of assessment with the changes in society.    e-Portfolios is supposed to be a tool that will encompass the comprehensive spectrum of learning with formal and informal learning.  With this new tool, a new pedogogy of “new learning” has […]

Whose Tools? Theirs.

October 28, 2007

Sometimes in the position we find ourselves we want to take control every aspect of our activities to make sure there is no chaos occurs.  I myself like holding all of the reins and keeping tabs on all of the classroom activity, but sometimes I have to let go for learning to occur.  In this […]

How Do We Know If Students Are Learning In All Environments

October 28, 2007

From my understanding of assessing learning, knowing when a student knows something and when they don’t comes from the type of assessments you are using. The quality of assessment will determine the accuracy of your activities. We have to consider the approaches we take to these activities like what type of questions are we asking […]

Assessing Learning of a Student Who’s “Thinking As a Learner”

October 28, 2007

What happens when students starting “thinking as learners” and stop “thinking as students?”  For one thing, we can not continue assessing student learning through methods that only assess students as students.  The common forms of testing we use today are convenient and simple like multiple choice tests with a 25% chance of getting the right […]


October 28, 2007

I’ve had a stressful week.  Work has become stressful after mid-terms with overload of traffic through the testing center.  I’ve had to deal with my personal problems.  I won’t divulge any details about them, but I am finding new insight and gaining knowledge that is easing my anxiety.  I know this week I haven’t done […]

Portfolio: What’s the Scoop?

October 26, 2007

The portfolio is an eclectic collection of a student’s work to provide a comprehensive assessment of their understanding.  Portfolios are a performance assessment where the student will demonstrate their understanding of content through artifacts instead of a exam with test items.  This gives a student a better chance to display his learning through practice and […]

Clarence Fisher + Learning

October 26, 2007

Clarence Fisher discusses in his blog Learning = Remembering? about his experience at an in service.  He describes waht the speaker said was insightful except for the statement they made that we need to use these strategies to increase retention in classrooms.  Learning is retention according to this presenter, but is that the case?  Is […]

Gardner’s New Look On the Mind…Excuse Me, the Five Minds

October 25, 2007

While looking for assessment blogs, I came across this blog entry about a new book that Howard Gardener, the man behind the theory of multiple intelligences, called “Five Minds for the Future.” The book is geared towards the expectations employers have for students today, but some of these things are what society expects today.  The […]