Assessment Tools

What is Backwards Planning?

There is a perplexing experience that plagues all teachers: After an excellent classroom experience where students seem solid in their understanding and application of content, they leave class, attempt homework, have no idea how to do it, and return the next day with wrong answers or empty papers. How do students lose knowledge the minute… Read More

Why Some Schools are Rethinking Grading and Evaluation

By The Editorial Team February 3, 2015

Most schools follow standard grading systems, with a letter scale of A through F, and a corresponding numerical value used to calculate students’ grade point averages. Although this system helps us to understand and track student performance on a universal scale, there are some drawbacks to the method. Some critics argue that assigning numerical or… Read More

Rubric’s Cue: What's the Best Way to Grade Essays?

By Monica Fuglei November 12, 2014

Because teaching is filled with spirited debate about best practices, the passionate responses to the National Council of Teachers of English’s recent Facebook post asking how instructors feel about grading rubrics should be no surprise. Some teachers embrace rubrics as an incredible device for communicating instructor expectations and grading students’ written work. Critics complain that… Read More

How Teachers Use Student Data to Improve Instruction

By Monica Fuglei July 2, 2014

Formal and informal assessments provide significant insight into students’ progress, curriculum effectiveness and teaching strategies. Although there has been recent parental pushback on overuse of standardized tests, the data collected from them does not drift off into the ether. One of the best ways to encourage parental and student buy-in for assessment is to explain… Read More

Six Steps to Bring Peer Review into Your Classroom

By The Editorial Team November 1, 2013

Peer review (also known as peer editing) is a great way to help children improve their writing skills and learn to interact socially. We’ve listed some tips for educators on how to integrate peer review strategies into their learning environments that will help students communicate better and enhance the educational setting: Help students understand the… Read More

The bell rings and noisy students stream out of classrooms into complete chaos: shoulder bumps, angry scowls, and displeasure abide. The alternative? A relatively quiet hallway with students walking in an orderly manner. Which creates an environment more conducive to learning? Positive Behavior Support defined Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS or PBS) seeks to… Read More

Five Benefits of Adding Gamification to Classrooms

By The Editorial Team June 11, 2013

As educators look to new and inventive ways to engage students in the classroom, more and more teachers are looking to the gamification model for answers. For the uninitiated, gamification refers to a method of teaching that incorporates elements of video games, or a vast number of other types of games, into the teaching environment… Read More

Three Resources for Learning Style Tests for Students

By The Editorial Team February 28, 2013

A powerful strategy in any teacher’s toolbox is a learning style test for students. While some may consider this type of test to be a distraction from the core content teachers must cover with their students, it appears that figuring out the preferred learning style of your students can help teachers plan learning activities that… Read More

Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence Theory Explained

By The Editorial Team February 27, 2013

With regard to emotional intelligence, Daniel Goldman was not the first to articulate the concept. However, in the double role of psychologist and journalist, Goleman made the elements of emotional intelligence accessible to broad segments of society. His best-selling books — beginning with “Emotional Intelligence”(1995) — have already changed how some businesses interact with clients… Read More

A commonly missed step in improving a school-wide academic intervention system is to carefully consider the categories of students who need intervention. There are roughly three categories of students needing academic intervention: Academically high-need but motivated Academically capable but not motivated Academically high-need and not motivated Additionally, a student in any category may not have… Read More

Weeks or months of study in a classroom generally culminate in a summative assessment. This refers to a test that evaluates a student’s comprehension of the material covered thus far. While other measures, such as homework and quizzes, cover potential or progress made, the essence of a summative assessment is more black and white —… Read More

4 Downloadable High School Geometry Practice Worksheets

By The SHARE Team February 26, 2013

For educators in search of high school geometry practice worksheets, the Internet an invaluable tool. However searching for some of the best websites can be daunting. Here we have compiled a list of four websites that provide downloadable high school geometry practice worksheets. We have linked to the exact page for these practice worksheets within… Read More

Advice for Assessing Grade Reading Levels

By The Editorial Team February 25, 2013

Teachers and parents struggling to slot children into grade reading levels need a common scale with defined criteria to ensure that they present the child with reading materials that are challenging and engaging enough to build skills. Educators have developed several scales to use for assessing children’s reading levels, and many children’s books have labels… Read More

Advice on Improving your Elementary Math Instruction

By The SHARE Team February 15, 2013

New methods for teaching mathematics to elementary students are proving effective. You can incorporate them into existing lesson plans. If you’re searching for ways to spruce up your math instruction techniques and provide students with a solid foundation in math, consider using these education tactics below. Math teaching techniques to try Deconstruct. Split a concept… Read More

Regardless of a student’s age, teachers must assess their progress regularly to ensure that they are not falling behind their peers. Assessment also provides teachers with valuable information they can use to improve their instruction methods. However, assessing preschoolers can be more difficult than assessing older students, as preschoolers can’t read traditional written assessments and… Read More