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Picture of the product50 Assessment Approaches
50 Assessment Approaches: Simple, easy and effective ways to assess learners

Sharron Mansell, Ann Gravells and Andrew Hampel

Assessment is an essential part of teaching. There are many effective assessment approaches - where do busy teachers begin?

This reader-friendly and accessible text introduces 50 assessment approaches for use and adaptation in any learning environment. It includes guidance on the inclusion of progress measures and supports teachers to know how much learning had taken place for each activity.

The text explores the advantages and disadvantage of every approach, equipping teachers with the knowledge to assess and select the correct approach for their subject and their learners.

If you are a new or beginning teacher looking for new approaches to assessment to use with your learners today - this is the book you need.

Published: 24th March 2020
ISBN: 9781526493170
Number Of Pages: 152

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Picture of the productA Think-Aloud Approach to Writing Assessment
A Think-Aloud Approach to Writing Assessment:
Analyzing Process & Product with Adolescent Writers

Sarah Beck

The think-aloud approach to classroom writing assessment is designed to expand teachers’ perspectives on adolescent students as writers and help them integrate instruction and assessment in a timely way. Emphasising learning over evaluation, it is especially well-suited to revealing students’ strengths and helping them overcome common challenges to writing such as writer’s block or misunderstanding of the writing task.

Through classroom examples, Sarah Beck describes how to implement the think-aloud method and shows how this method is flexible and adaptable to any writing assignment and classroom context. The book also discusses the significance of the method in relation to best practices in formative assessment, including how to plan think-aloud sessions with students to gain the most useful information.

Teachers required to use rubrics or other standardised assessment tools can incorporate the more individualised think-aloud approach into their practice without sacrificing the rigour and consistency more regulated approaches require.

166 Pages | Pbk

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Picture of the productActivities and Assessments Using the Australian Curriculum
Activities and Assessments Using the Australian Curriculum.

Author - Carolyn Coil

If you are a teacher, an administrator, a professional development coordinator or are in any other position of educational leadership Activities and Assessments Using the Australian Curriculum will:

1. give specific examples of differentiated activities to teachers at all year levels
2. clarify how to set up and plan for student choices
3. explain how to write and implement tiered lessons and units
4. translate theory into sound educational practice.

Discover 50 “how-to” differentiated units of work with student activities and their corresponding assessments:

1. Twenty-one Noughts and Crosses student choice activities and assessments.
2. Nine Upper-Primary Individual Lesson Plans™ (ILPs) – differentiated units of work with both required activities and student choice activities and assessments.
3. Six Lower-Primary Individual Lesson Plans – a simpler version of the ILP designed for students in Years F–2.
4. Fourteen Tiered Lessons/Units with assessments.

This revised edition of Activities and Assessments Using the Australian Curriculum also features content descriptions from various learning areas, including the Australian Curriculum: English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education, and The Arts (Visual Arts). While the activities in this book are primarily intended for use with F–6 students, content descriptions for Years 7–8 have also been included for use with older students or as extension activities for advanced students.

Code: POL6284

ISBN: 9781743306284

No of Pages: 188

Publish Date: 10 April 2015

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Picture of the productAdvancing Formative Assessment in Every Classroom 2ed
Advancing Formative Assessment in Every Classroom 2ed
A Guide for Instructional Leaders

Author: Connie M. Moss, Susan M. Brookhart

Formative assessment is one of the best ways to increase student learning and enhance teacher quality. But effective formative assessment is not part of most classrooms, largely because teachers misunderstand what it is and don't have the necessary skills to implement it.

In the updated 2nd edition of this practical guide for school leaders, authors Connie M. Moss and Susan M. Brookhart define formative assessment as an active, continual process in which teachers and students work together--every day, every minute--to gather evidence of learning, always keeping in mind three guiding questions: Where am I going? Where am I now? What strategy or strategies can help me get to where I need to go?

Chapters focus on the six interrelated elements of formative assessment: (1) shared learning targets and criteria for success, (2) feedback that feeds learning forward, (3) student self-assessment and peer assessment, (4) student goal setting, (5) strategic teacher questioning, and (6) student engagement in asking effective questions.

Using specific examples based on their extensive work with teachers, the authors provide

- Strategic talking points and conversation starters to address common misconceptions about formative assessment;
- Practical classroom strategies to share with teachers that cultivate students as self-regulated, assessment-capable learners;
- Ways to model the elements of formative assessment in conversations with teachers about their professional learning;
- "What if" scenarios and advice for how to deal with them; and
- Questions for reflection to gauge understanding and progress.
As Moss and Brookhart emphasize, the goal is not to "do" formative assessment, but to embrace a major cultural change that moves away from teacher-led instruction to a partnership of intentional inquiry between student and teacher, with better teaching and learning as the outcome.

Edition Number: 2
Published: 13th May 2019
ISBN: 9781416626695
Number Of Pages: 186

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Picture of the productAn Educators Guide to Steam
An Educator’s Guide to STEAM: Engaging Students Using Real-World Problems

Author: Cassie F. Quigley, Danielle Herro

This practical book will help readers understand what STEAM is, how it differs from STEM and how it can be used to engage students in F–8 classrooms. The authors present a conceptual model with recommendations and classroom examples illustrating various key aspects of STEAM teaching in action, including creating the correct teaching environment, integrating STEAM content and supporting students as they develop STEAM-related skills.

The model includes specific strategies such as problem-based learning, student choice, technology integration and teacher facilitation. Each chapter incorporates elements of connected learning – a type of learning that draws on students’ interests that teachers can capitalise on when using STEAM to address real-world problems. Readers will find easy-to-understand examples of what STEAM education looks like in a variety of classrooms, and will hear from teachers, instructional coaches, principals and administrators about what it takes to ensure that STEAM is a schoolwide success.

Published: 16th September 2019
ISBN: 9781760569907
Number Of Pages: 164

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Picture of the productAssessing with Respect
Title: Assessing with Respect: Everyday Practices That Meet Students' Social and Emotional Needs

Author: Starr Sackstein

In this timely and thoughtful call to action, author and educator Starr Sackstein examines the critical intersection between assessment and social and emotional learning (SEL), particularly as it affects students of colour and other marginalised groups. The book addresses the five SEL competencies identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) – self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making – and explains how teaching students to develop their abilities in these areas can help them improve their learning and assessment experiences.

Sackstein also raises important considerations for educators, urging them to:

* examine their implicit biases to improve their relationships with students
* deepen their understanding of the impact of grades and assessments on students’ self-image and their ability to reach their full potential as learners
* develop personalised assessment systems that ensure an accurate, fair and equitable portrayal of what students know and can do.

In addition to presenting the relevant research, Sackstein draws from personal experience and the reflections of students, teachers and administrators to present a compelling case for approaching assessment through the SEL lens. Educators at all levels who have witnessed the devastating effects that testing can have on students’ beliefs in themselves as learners will find Assessing with respect to be an invaluable guide to ensuring better outcomes – and better emotional health – for all students.

Published on: 30 November 2021
ISBN: 9781760944230
Number Of Pages: 167

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Assessment as a Catalyst for Learning
Creating a Responsive and Fluid Process to Inspire All Students

Authors: Garnet Hillman, Mandy Stalets

Assessment often ends up as an afterthought and a method to punish students for not reaching proficiency. In Assessment as a catalyst for learning: Creating a responsive and fluid process to inspire all students, authors Garnet Hillman and Mandy Stalets outline how any assessment can further learning, including on-the-spot informal formative assessments, planned formal formative assessments and summative assessments to verify learning. The book is full of ready-to-use tools, strategies and flowcharts that will help teachers utilise assessment itself to help students learn.

F–12 teachers and administrators will:

embrace assessment not as isolated events but as a clear process to empower students with hope and self-efficacy
learn how to identify and deconstruct priority standards to build learning progressions
apply practical steps to develop formative and summative assessments
receive useful advice about planning daily instruction around assessment
answer end-of-chapter reflection questions to further their understanding of the assessment process.

Published: 29th July 2022
ISBN: 9781760944667
Number Of Pages: 159

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Picture of the productAssessment for Reading Instruction 4th Edition
Assessment for Reading Instruction 4th Edition

Katherine A. Dougherty Stahl, Kevin Flanigan, Michael C. McKenna

Now in a revised and updated fourth edition, this accessible text has given over 100,000 preservice and inservice teachers vital tools for systematic reading assessment in grades K–8. The book explains how to use both formal and informal assessments to evaluate students' strengths and needs in all components of reading. Effective, engaging methods for targeted instruction in each area are outlined. In a convenient large-size format, the book includes 28 reproducible tools, plus an online-only appendix with additional resources. Purchasers get access to a companion website where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

New to This Edition

*Expanded coverage of the middle grades (4–8), including a new chapter and case study, and explicit attention to this grade range throughout; new coauthor Kevin Flanigan adds expertise in this area.
*New and expanded topics: computer-based testing methods,
assessing academic language, and how to use reading inventories more accurately.
*Additional reproducible tools: Informal Reading Inventory summary form, comprehension retelling forms for narrative and informational text, computer-based comprehension test comparison worksheet, revised Informal Decoding Inventory, and more.

Published: 10th January 2020
ISBN: 9781462541577
Number Of Pages: 345

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Picture of the productAssessment in Perspective: Focusing on the Reader Behind the
Assessment in Perspective: Focusing on the Reader Behind the Numbers

Authors - Tammy Mulligan & Clare Landrigan

"Assessment is an integral part of instruction. For the past decade, the focus on assessment – particularly via high-stakes, mandated tests – has shifted away from the classroom and left teachers feeling like they are drowning in data. Assessment is, and needs to be again, much more than a number.

Assessment in Perspective is about moving beyond the numbers and using assessment to find the stories of our readers. This book helps teachers sort through the myriad of available assessments and use each to understand different facets of their readers. It discusses how to use a range of assessment types – from reading conference notes and student work to running records and state tests – together to uncover the strengths and weaknesses of a reader. The authors share a framework for thinking about the purpose, method and types of different assessments. They also address the questions they ask when choosing or analysing assessments:

1. What type of tool do we need: diagnostic, formative or summative; formal or informal; quantitive or qualitive?
2. How do we use multiple assessments together to provide an in-depth picture of a reader?
3. When and how are we giving the assessment?
4. Do we want to be able to compare our readers to a standard score, or do we need to diagnose a reader’s needs?
5. Which area of reading does this tool assess?
6. How can we use the information from assessments to inform our instruction?
7. What information does a particular assessment tell us, and what doesn’t it tell us?
8 What additional information do we need about a reader to understand his or her learning needs?

The book emphasises the importance of triangulating data by using varied sources, both formal and informal, and across multiple intervals. It explains the power of looking at different types of assessments side by side with displays to find patterns or inconsistencies. What’s more, students are included as valuable sources of data. Letting students in on the process of assessment is key to helping them set goals, monitor their own progress and celebrate growth. When assessment is viewed in this way, instruction can meet high standards and still be developmentally appropriate."

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Picture of the productAssessment Literacy
Assessment Literacy:
An Educator's Guide to Understanding Assessment K-12

Thomas DeVere Wolsey, Dana L. Grisham, Susan Lenski

This clear, no-nonsense book guides current and future teachers through the concepts, tools, methods, and goals of classroom literacy assessment.

The expert authors examine the roles of formative, summative, and benchmark assessments; demystify state and national tests and standards; and show how assessment can seamlessly inform instruction.
Strategies for evaluating, choosing, and interpreting assessments are discussed, as are ways to communicate data to parents and administrators.
User-friendly resources include boxed vignettes from teachers and researchers, practical assessment tips (and traps to avoid), and 13 reproducible planning forms and handouts.
Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.

Published: 28th March 2020
ISBN: 9781462542079
Number Of Pages: 194

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