Formative Assessments Dept.

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(A preview/snippet from my book “Out on Good Behavior: Teaching math while looking over your shoulder”)

Some say summative assessments can be used formatively, by using the results to guide approaches in subsequent courses. The overlapping nature of how these definitions have evolved give me much cover in my quest to appear aligned with the edu-party line. during my first year at Cypress, I allowed my classes to use notes for quizzes, but not tests. I felt that this would reinforce the idea of the value of notes. The problem was that some students’ organizational skills were lacking—resulting in this typical conversation:

Student: How do you do this problem?

Me: Look in your notes.

Student: I can’t find it.

Me: (Drawing a diagram on a mini-white board.) How would you find the time each of the cars are driving?

Student: I don’t know.

Me: (Writing “Distance = Rate x Time”…

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My Pandemic Classroom

deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog

Due to the complications associated with living life during this pandemic, my blogging frequency has taken quite the plunge this past year. Our school district has been in session full time, in person, since September. Faculty reported to school late August. In order to adjust for a delayed school year, our district cut many of our holidays even as the school day itself became longer to keep students from congregating. Desk cleaning happens with each change of class, and conveniences such as wooden hall passes cannot be used, so that means writing a pass on paper every time a student needs the restroom. For quarantined students, there’s Google Meet happening simultaneously as class meets in person. More than once I have had my class at a standstill because a quarantined student needed extra assistance via the bumbling that can easily happen when people are trying to work out an issue…

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Claiming the Mantle of Academic Freedom

BY JOHN K. WILSON Jennifer Ruth, who is a contributing editor here at AcademeBlog as well as a professor of film studies at Portland State University (PSU) and a member of the AAUP’s Committee A, published an important op-ed this week in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and so I wanted to offer my critique…

Claiming the Mantle of Academic Freedom — ACADEME BLOG

Let’s get to work with productive learning strategies: Summarising

Paul A. Kirschner, Mirjam Neelen, Tine Hoof & Tim Surma This blog is the first one in a series of eight blogs, originally written by Tine Hoof, Tim Surma & Paul Kirschner, and published on excel.thomasmore.be. In 2015, Richard Mayer and Logan Fiorella published their book ‘Learning as a Generative Activity’ describing eight generative learning […]

Let’s get to work with productive learning strategies: Summarising — 3-Star learning experiences

Math Zombies and Conceptual Understanding in Math

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Conceptual understanding in math has served as a dividing line between those who teach in a conventional or traditional manner (like myself), and those who advocate for progressive techniques. The progressives/reformers argue that understanding of a procedure or algorithm must precede the procedure/algorithm itself; failure to do this results in what some call “math zombies”.

I will state that I, like many teachers, do in fact teach the underlying concepts for algorithms, procedures and problem solving strategies. What I don’t do is obsess over whether students have true understanding nor do I hold up a student’s development when they are ready to move forward.

For many concepts in elementary math, understanding builds from procedures. The student practices the procedure until it is realized conceptually through familiarity and tactile experience that forges pathways and connections in the brain. (Efrat, 2018). Daniel Ansari (2011), maintains that procedures and understanding provide mutual support…

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Helen Pluckrose — Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything About Race, Gender, and Identity — and Why This Harms Everybody

https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/sciencesalon/mss163_Helen_Pluckrose_2021_02_19.mp3Download MP3 Have you heard that language is violence and that science is sexist? Have you read that certain people shouldn’t practice yoga or cook Chinese food? Or been told that being obese is healthy, that there is no such thing as biological sex, or that only white people can be racist? Are you confused…

Helen Pluckrose — Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything About Race, Gender, and Identity — and Why This Harms Everybody — Skeptic

Black Educator Hall of Fame: Marva Collins

E’ry day for Black History Month, the Center for Black Educator Development, in partnership with Phillys7thWard.org and Citizen Ed, highlighted a Black Educator Hall of Famer. But, don’t forget, e’ry month is Black History Month. Today, our featured Black educator is Marva Collins. Marva Collins was an educator, an activist, a believer in Black children and the communities they came…

Black Educator Hall of Fame: Marva Collins — Citizen Ed

New study shows that the stereotype is wrong: male students don’t necessarily perform better than female students in science

I knew already for a long time that this thinking in gender stereotypes is flawed, but this new study again casts serious doubts on the popular idea that male students perform better than female students in science. Do note that the researchers did find significant differences, but with a weak effect size. From the press […]

New study shows that the stereotype is wrong: male students don’t necessarily perform better than female students in science — From experience to meaning…

Coursera filing provides insights into revenue drivers for online learning

On 5 March 2021, leading MOOC platform Coursera submitted its IPO – initial public offering – filing with the US Security and Exchange Commission (SEC). The IPO now sets the stage for one of the most-anticipated public stock offerings for years in the edtech space. It also provides some rare insights into the financial performance of…

Coursera filing provides insights into revenue drivers for online learning — ICEF Monitor – Market intelligence for international student recruitment