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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tests: Do they improve learning?

Tests: Will they improve learning?: "
New research may help school leaders with two important challenges that they face on a daily basis.
Focus Questions:

  1. First, in these tight budget times with fewer teachers, larger classes, and fewer resources, how do we improve student performance? 
  2. How do we do more with less? 
  3. What are some no-cost ways that we can improve our schools?
  4. What is tracking, and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
  5. Why has "detracking" become a popular movement


  • Howard Gardner, an education professor at Harvard advocates constructivism — the idea that children should discover their own approach to learning, emphasizing reasoning over memorization. 

Look 4s for School Leaders

  • Closure and Learning
  • Remembering 
  • Checks for Understanding
  • Timing
  • Feedback 
  • Defined Instructional Practices 
  • Formative Assessments
  • Mapping
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