Happy Holidays – Top Ten Posts for 2015

Happy Holidays – Top Ten Posts for 2015All the authors here at Teach. Learn. Grow. would like to extend our gratitude for a great 2015 and wish you all a Happy Holidays this time of year. Our blog experienced some tremendous readership on topics ranging from interim assessment and teacher professional development to formative assessment and using MAP assessment data to inform instruction. We have a strong 2016 planned and hope that you can take part in our ongoing dialogue.

To wrap up the year, here are the most popular blogs of 2015:

  1. Growing the List: 50 Digital Education Tools and Apps for Formative Assessment Success
    The beauty of formative assessment is that there is no shortage of strategies and techniques available to teachers to use in their classroom. They provide teachers the valuable feedback they need to adjust their teaching so student learning moves forward.
  1. Percentiles are Powerful – Use with Care
    What are status norms? How do you interpret them? And how might they be used in making decisions about students? Status normative data can be powerful and useful, but as with all data it must be handled carefully and thoughtfully.
  1. STEM in the Primary Classroom: 4 Ways Educators are Acclimating to STEM Education
    Education is always changing and as the focus on STEM in the classroom increases across grade levels, the types of activities and learning experiences students in primary grades have access to must expand to keep pace and meet expectations.
  1. Seven Questions to Ask When Building a Teacher Professional Development Plan
    Positioning teachers for success in the classroom starts with a smart, well-built teacher professional development program. Does your school or district have a strategic, ongoing teacher education program that helps enrich their practice and support students in the classroom?
  1. Seven Things to Consider in Preparing for MAP
    Many schools use MAP in fall, winter, and spring for a consistent longitudinal measure of student growth. It offers a clear picture of your students’ learning and college readiness regardless of whether scores on your state summative assessment show drops in proficiency. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when preparing for MAP.
  1. Superheroes and a Growth Mindset
    Thinking about superheroes gets me thinking about our students and teachers and both their ability and need to grow – to learn new things, new ways of thinking and new ways of doing.
  1. Connecting Growth Mindset and Assessment
    For some, praise focuses on effort. If that is where the growth mindset conversation starts and stops, it seems incomplete. Effort is so much more. It is about having a variety of strategies and tools to use to problem solve.
  1. 10 Questions to Ask about Norms
    Normative data can be a powerful lens for teachers, building administrators and district administrators to view students and programs enabling them to make important decisions and evaluations.  However, educators must be sure the lens they use clarifies and does not distort the data.
  1. How NOT to Prepare Your Students for MAP
    We love the idea of getting students familiar with the adaptive nature of MAP—and we offer some suggestions for doing so here. The best way to prepare your students, though, is to trust that your good instruction—and enough sleep—will be all you and your students need.
  1. The Importance of Student Self Assessment
    In his book, Embedded Formative Assessment, Dylan Wiliam highlighted five core strategies that should be part of any successful formative assessment practice in the classroom. Two of those core strategies involve student self-regulation and self assessment.

We look forward to bringing you more relevant and inspirational content in 2016.