Culture of Assessment

Mar 21, 2016

Janice Smith

Spring is officially here, and to many teachers across the country this means the beginning of testing season.  There are lots of mixed feelings out there about testing, and while we have many thoughts on this topic (see blog posts here, here and here) that’s not what this week’s video is about.  Because despite our […]

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AP Essay Revisions

Jul 31, 2015

Janice Smith

AP Essay Revisions Samantha Merritt, YES Prep East End We’ve spent a lot of time talking about data in the past, but today’s use of data looks a little bit different.  We LOVE the amount of feedback we saw teachers giving students while visiting YES Prep, especially in the ELA classrooms.  Specific, supportive & critical […]

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Instant Data Collection

Apr 2, 2015

Janice Smith

Instant Data Collection Nathaniel Snyder, KIPP WAYS Academy Just to be clear, this week’s Video of the Week is in no way sponsored by or paid for by Promethean.  We just happened to capture a teacher who loves their tools, and think it’s a pretty great way to highlight one way to integrate technology to better understand […]

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Sending Messages with Data

Sep 8, 2014

Janice Smith

Humble, hungry and smart.  If these are the three characteristics that make truly great teachers, than Jeff Moran is one of the best out there.  In two short years he has not only fully embraced data-driven instruction as a tool to help 100% of his students meet their goals by the end of the year, but can […]

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Providing Context for Benchmark Data

May 27, 2014

Janice Smith

Test season is not only approaching, but for many of us has already passed or is here today and this week.  The season that receives much controversial attention, especially these past two years with a transition to the Common Core, and is criticized for creating a test-driven culture that removes all creativity from our classrooms. […]

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