Week 4
Essential Questions
  • What is the relationship between theories of curriculum development, classroom assessment, and cognitive and constructivist learning?
  • What are reasons for classroom assessment?
  • How are the teaching-learning process, diversity, and assessment related?



Plans
The format for the class was generally a question-answer discussion, with notes recorded using a tablet PC. Here are the screenshots of the notes, beginning with the overarching question: What is the relationship between theories of curriculum development, classroom assessment, and cognitive and constructivist learning? [Note: Downloadable PDF's of notes are located after the screenshots]

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The Triangle | Classroom Assessment | Constructivist Learning | Theories of Curriculum Development | Various Levels
We also discussed Tyler's Rationale Model, Walker's Naturalistic Approach, andEisner's Artistic Model.



Current Events Reflection
Reflection to the article "A Guide to Standardized Writing Assessments"
It is important to make teachers in all disciplines aware of the current emphasis placed on writing in many state mandated assessments. It has now become the responsibility of teachers to teach literacy across the curriculum. Teachers in all subjects are responsible to give the students the skills they need to write well in all contexts. Unfortunately it has always been the responsibility of Language Arts teachers to prepare students for writing and many other teachers do not even know how the students are scored on these types of assessments. This article helps bring awareness to this problem. Schools should be preparing teachers to teach writing across the curriculum by informing them of these new requirements and giving teachers the resources (scoring rubrics) they need to prepare students for these new tests. When the students see it is important to write well in all subjects, it will become second nature.



Assignments
  • Blog Reflection
  • Read pages 447 – 481 & Supplementary articles
  • Classroom Assessment due February 25th (not the 18th)