Snapshot: You’ve made a great deal of progress differentiating instruction in the classroom. You’re comfortable with the practice and rarely have qualms about supporting students with different needs in their quest to learn and achieve.
But assessment is a different matter. What’s fair and effective in assessment in the differentiated classroom? What assessment practices should you adopt, and which should you avoid? What is the appropriate balance between formative and summative assessment? What do other educators do to navigate this uncertain terrain?
Join Rick Wormeli for a thoughtful and practical webinar on assessing students in the differentiated classroom. Rick will discuss the many “gray areas” educators face and provide constructive guidance by exploring the rationale for differentiating assessment and the meaning of mastery.
Principles of successful assessment in the differentiated classroom
Understanding mastery and learning targets before you assess
Creating assessments that allow you to discover, and then meet the different needs of students
Pre-assessments that help shape your instructional choices and processes
Giving formative assessments a primary role in the differentiated classroom -providing feedback, documenting progress, and steering instructional decisions.
The key aspects of descriptive feedback
Using assessments to communicate rather than to compensate or reward–how to keep them nonjudgmental
Suggested useful and fair test questions
What to do differently when assessing in a differentiated classroom
Discussing the concept of fair vs. equal with your class before implementing it
About the Speaker
Rick Wormelli isone of the first nationally board certified teachers in America, has taught math, science, English, physical education, health, and history and has coached other teachers in his 30-plus years in education. Rick’s work has been featured in numerous media, including ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “Hardball” with Chris Matthews, National Geographicand Good Housekeeping magazines, and the Washington Post. He is a columnist for the National Middle School Association’s Middle Ground magazine, and the author of the award-winning book, Meet Me in the Middle: Becoming an Accomplished Middle Level Teacher.His other books include: Summarization in any Subject(ASCD);Day One and Beyond;Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom;Metaphors & Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching any Subject; and Differentiation: From Planning to Practice, Grades 6-12, published by Stenhouse Publishers.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does a webinar work?
It’s simple. On the day of the event, you click on the link we provide. Enter your name and email address and you’re in! If your computer has good audio, the audio will be streamed to your computer along with the PowerPoint presentation. If your computer does not have audio, a phone number is provided so that you can access the audio by speaker phone.
How many can access the event per registration?
Registration is by site, not by individual, so there is no limit to the number of people who can participate at your site. We do request no more than one phone connection per site.
My school district only pays by purchase order. Do you accept POs?
Yes. You may fax the PO to 815-461-5647 or call us at 207-632-1954. Please include the full name and email address of the registrant.
What is the difference between the recording link and the CD-ROM?
Both include the synchronized audio and PowerPoint, but the link may only be accessed for 30 days. The CD-ROM provides a permanent record of the webinar. Writing instruction is a hot topic!
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