Effective Learning Assessment

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Introduction Effective curriculum, lessons and assessments are some of the many things that teachers are constantly improving. These changes are usually made to help improve learning and performance in students. With the never ending to-do-list that teachers have, making changes to meet the needs of every student can seem like a never ending task. Mary Ann Corley (2015) believes “the challenge is for teachers to ensure that the needs of all learners are equally valued and equally served”. Despite the time constraints that many teachers feel it is important that lessons are differentiated to help students be successful. One way teachers can meet student needs it to differentiate lessons based on student readiness. By using what students already …show more content…
So when I began developing the learning plan I considered what they standards were asking of the students. The standards required that students write by using specific rhetorical devices (persuasive techniques) and be aware of the audience being convinced. This learning plan will be implemented in the beginning of the unit, and will be used to determine what persuasive writing skills students currently have. In order to differentiate this learning activity, I will be adjusting the level of abstraction for students (Laureate Education, Inc., 2009a). Students will be grouped according the appropriate level and will discuss the learning in a Think/Pair/Share activity during the second half of the lesson. I decided to design my lesson in this way because I wanted students to be able to complete the assignments and discuss their thoughts with students who have similar learning needs. By doing this, all students are gaining the same learning but at a level that is challenging for them. The other students in each respective group will be able to have like-minded conversation and increase there …show more content…
If students are already capable of completing the learning tasks, we are wasting their time by not providing them with a challenge. This lesson will provide information about what student can already do as persuasive writers. In order to determine the best way to teach these students it will be important to collaborate with my colleagues during our professional learning community (PLC) meetings. We can use the data that these quick writes provide to make decisions about what will best fit the needs of our students. Richard DuFour (2015) believes that “to engage fully in the PLC process, a team must use evidence of student learning to inform and improve the professional practice of its members”. This means that with the data gained from students learning, instruction needs to be constructed to fit the needs of the students. Time spent in PLC can be used to determine instruction methods that will best help students grow. During this time, a skeleton plan to differentiate can be developed and teachers can make more definite plans based on their respective

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