Week 12 Reflection

What evidence am I collecting for my final project – and for what purpose? After reading Jim's blog about this weeks collection of evidence, we seem to have common views concerning formative assessments and how we seem to "catalog" in our minds each student's strengths and weaknesses related to math ability.  It doesn't take much … Continue reading Week 12 Reflection

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Week 12: What evidence am I collecting for my final project – and for what purpose?

When I first developed this unit, I made the mistake of administering a pre-made test developed by the textbook company that can be used to assess students on their prior knowledge of the standards I am focusing on (pre-test).  Unfortunately, after careful review of the questions in this test, it didn't quite cover all the … Continue reading Week 12: What evidence am I collecting for my final project – and for what purpose?

Week 11: What are my challenges and successes in implementing my unit?

It is Friday evening, and it was the fourth day of my linear regression unit.  In a nutshell, it was a great week.  We are about half way into the unit and the students are learning quite a bit about scatter plots, association, and how to calculate correlation of two variables.  First off, I actually … Continue reading Week 11: What are my challenges and successes in implementing my unit?

Week 10: How does my UbD unit reflect my understanding of differentiated instruction?

It has been a struggle to finalize my unit this week, but with the help of my instructor, I was able to come up with a satisfactory unit on analyzing two quantitative variables. The process of using Understanding by Design has been enlightening. I have only come across this within the last year, but it … Continue reading Week 10: How does my UbD unit reflect my understanding of differentiated instruction?

Week 9: What assessments will I use in my UBD Unit, and what is the purpose of these assessments?

For my unit, I will have students do performance assessments and self-assessments. According to Burns, my performance assessments will be based on what is called calculation task, and design task.  A calculation task is when you can draw sound conclusions from data, and a design task is when you basically apply theoretical understanding to real-life … Continue reading Week 9: What assessments will I use in my UBD Unit, and what is the purpose of these assessments?

Week 8: What is brain-based learning and how can it inform differentiation?

(Image from http://www.chessat3.com/ ) As an educator for more than twenty years, it is always astonishing to encounter things you never gave a second thought to, and brain-based learning is one of them.  The physical brain, and how it operates is still one of the mysteries of human kind, but there has been great research … Continue reading Week 8: What is brain-based learning and how can it inform differentiation?