“If you can light the spark of curiosity in a child, they will learn without any further resistance,” Sir Ken Robinson

Wouldn’t it be great if we could light a spark under every learner in our classroom? Whether it’s an adult or a child learner, see their sense of wonder and excitement. I know I am teaching adult learners, but I think that they still need that spark of curiosity to get them motivated and engaged.  I love that my course offers students a chance to be successful in multiple types of evaluations. I feel it’s important to keep our students stimulated and inspired, so we can achieve success.  I know that we will never stop testing our students. Written evaluations are not going away anytime soon. What I do like is the idea that we are changing. That we can take a classroom full of students and know that they are going to be diverse in their on learning. That they will excel in different levels of knowledge and skills. I don’t see change happening overnight, but I believe it coming.

 “Standardized tests have a place, but they should not be the dominate culture of education. They should be diagnostic, they should help”

                                            Sir Ken Robinson

 

Here is a great Ted Talks with Sir Ken Robinson. I find his talks very inspirational.

https://www.yutube.com/watch?v=wX78iKhInsc&list=PLD57AB085E6745C43&index=2

 

 

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More Family Time, Less Marking Time

I love assessing my student’s knowledge, but who doesn’t dread the never endng pile of  marking? Students want their marks as soon as they have completed their exams. We live in a world of instant results. We order coffee and breakfast on an app before we leave the house. We have become accustomed to not waiting for anything, especially important results like our evaluations or assignment marks.

In my new course on media enhanced learning, we are sharing resources to use in the classroom. My favourite so far would have to be the pairing of google forms + flubaroo. I feel like google forms might be old news to lots of people but since it’s new to me I feel I need to share it just in case it’s new to someone else! You can create lots of different documents including worksheets and quizzes in google forms. It gives you step by step instructions. You even get options on answers styles, multiple choice or short answers.

I also included a link to flubaroo. Which you can add to google forms to make your marking even easier! I know as an instructor, marking is so time consuming. I am all for time-saving ideas so that’s why these two are a great addition to my teaching portfolio.  I am so excited to start updating some of the current evaluation in my course and maybe creating a few of my own with the new resources I am discovering.

I hope you find these links as helpful as I have.

https://docs.google.com/forms/u/0/

http://www.flubaroo.com/home

Chain Notes – A PowToon Presentation

I have created a digital project on the Classroom Assessment Technique, Chain Notes.  Its a great feedback instrument to get fast, honest student feedback on their engagement and learning.  I hope you enjoy and learn something new.

Please follow the link below:

https://www.powtoon.com/online-presentation/bkvOfKoajm4/?mode=movie#/

 

 

Assessment

“Assessment for Learning” By Micheal Rystad

I chose this video because of its direct delivery of information. It covers many important aspects of assessments, like feed forward, and the importance of student assessments for the instructor’s own feedback, then the instructor can plan and adjust to meet student’s needs in the next class.

This video gave me great ideas on activities I can incorporate into my classroom. One example is the exit tickets, ending class with an evaluative question. I would also like to incorporate the feedback idea, 2 stars and one wish, always reinforcing what we are aiming for, a positive classroom environment.

Full citations for the above references are available on my Reference page, listed under Resources.