Such Bountiful Assessments

Just in time, during our ELL Endorsement class yesterday, we reviewed various assessment protocols and terms. They weren’t unfamiliar, but a timely reminder. Funny, that. Two, at the top: Reliable. Valid. As the man said, “Houston, we may have a problem.” Is the SBA test, or Smarter Balanced Assessment, actually Smart, Balanced or a valid/reliable Assessment? Here are some resources for you to draw your own conclusion, with a dash of my own observations. From the Department of Education, ESSA page:   Ensures that vital information is provided to educators, families, students, and communities through annual statewide assessments that measure…

Series: Teacher Tombs (the great hoarding)

A colleague who’s new to the building is, above all, hilarious. I’m so glad he’s at our school and has the experience he does. We don’t get to chat as often as I’d like, as I’m teaching six out of six classes this year, and we don’t have common planning time. We do get to share ideas via social media, so before testing, I shared this image: Those purple things are repurposed CD vinyl holders; in my cupboards, nearly a full box of various colors waited patiently for CDs/DVDs that would never be made again. Our new laptops don’t have DVD…

You know nothing, Mrs. Love, Part II

Another thread on the Notice and Note site that spoke to me so strongly, ‘how do you tell other teachers some practices are out of date?’ And what if they’re not, and what if they just need to be polished? How do you know when to reuse, recycle, or reduce our teaching stuff? One thing I do know, is the good doctor, Sarah Donovan, PhD at Ethical ELA encapsulated what I’ve been attempting to do this year http://www.ethicalela.com/9weeks/ This is what I’m trying to do with my Reading Road Trip, but we haven’t left the driveway yet: I decided the best…