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?