THOUGHTFUL ASSESSMENT

8 Takeaways on Thoughtful Assessment 

Many of us didn’t begin our education careers with expertise in classroom assessment. Our pre-service preparation focused primarily on the act of instructing, defined as planning and delivering lessons. Assessments typically came from the textbook materials, they were administered after instruction was complete, and their results took the form of a grade. Although we’ve developed a more robust understanding of classroom assessment options, we can still be caught off guard by misapplications of well-intended practices. The emphasis on rigor, data-based decision making, and paced instruction may lead teachers to make serious errors in assessing student learning. The 8 Takeaways on Thoughtful Assessment Infographic shows how to address these issues thoughtfully.

  1. Great teachers are habitual students of their students. They assess continually to understand the human beings that they teach. (Carol Ann Tomlinson, p. 10)
  2. If students answer all the teacher’s questions correctly, the teacher is surely wasting the students’ time. Worthwhile questions cause students to struggle and think. (Dylan Wiliam, p. 16)
  3. When we give students the impression that we value the right answer more than critical thinking, we may drive them to take shortcuts and cheat. (Cris Tovani, p. 50)
  4. Surfacing student misconceptions is at the very heart of the learning process. (Brent Duckor, p. 28)
  5. Grading too soon can lead students to the damaging inference that if you have to try, you aren’t smart in the subject. (Jan Chappuis, p. 20)
  6. The more time that elapses between a student response and teacher feedback, the less metacognitive reflection takes place. (Sonny Magaña and Robert J. Marzano, p. 82)
  7.  If we don’t teach students how to plan, assess, and refine their own work, performance on the Common Core–aligned tests will improve little. (Harvey F. Silver and Matthew J. Perini, online)
  8. Recurring, nonthreatening feedback encourages students to persist. As some teachers say, “You don’t know it yet.” (Cathy Vatterott, p. 39)

Those who can’t do, teach. Schools dumbdown children!  It’s a ridiculous terror to jail children in schools for sixteen years in order to brainwash them and keep teachers busy!  No wonder children revolt violently. Dropping out is a smart strategy of cutting losses short.

Kids only need literacy, something they can learn from parents.  Nevertheless, government does not allow children to grow properly and work, imprisoning them in schools for at least twelve years, in order to brainwash them with socialist propaganda.  This brings poverty and resentment to many children.  Many smart kids manage to drop out of school, getting all the education they need through internet.

Dropping out of school is a smart strategy of cutting losses short! Public schools are filled with eager, fresh-faced youngsters, and prisons contain many rough-looking adults with uninviting personalities. They are both kleptocrat-run facilities where individuals are held for a specific number of years without their consent, at the mercy of their custodians.

Abraham Lincoln is viewed as a model of self-education.  He never went to school.  He read all the interesting books he could find.  After reading some law books, he passed the law exam, becoming a lawyer.  He was never enslaved in classrooms of four walls with boring teachers.  He was a free man.  Why not your children? Everybody should follow Lincoln’s paradigm.  Stay away from schools!

Han Han, a high-school dropout born in 1982, is a Chinese professional rally driver, best-selling author, singer, creator of Party magazine, and China’s most popular blogger. He has published ten novels to date, and he is also involved in music production.  The Han Han story proves that schooling must be abolished.

For years, kleptocrats have been doing their best to further blur the distinction by giving public-school officials the same powers as the warden of San Quentin. There are many abridgments of freedom and invasions of privacy inflicted on children. Children are looking for a Moses to liberate them from the jails of classes, and lead them to the promised land of real life.

The socialistic feature of public schooling that dooms it to fail is that at every level, the system relies on compulsion instead of voluntary consent. The curriculum is politicized to reflect the socialistic cancer of kleptocrats in power. Standards are continually dumbed down to the least common denominator. The brightest children are not permitted to achieve their potential, the special-needs of individual children are neglected, and the mid-level learners become little more than socialistic cogs in a kleptocratic machine.

The teachers themselves are constrained by a kleptocratic apparatus that watches their every move. Kleptocrats have long used compulsory schooling, backed by egalitarian ideology, as a means of citizen brainwashing and enslavement. In contrast, a market-based system of schools would adhere to a purely voluntary ethic, financed with private funds, and administered entirely by private enterprise.

Generations of dumbing-down and educational indoctrination have brainwashed hoi polloi. Perhaps citizens will wake up quickly to their peril, perhaps not. They must be taught the value of freedom. Many do not even know what it is, and many don’t put a value on it. Where the Founders had the advantage of the spread of Graecoroman ideas, and a population receptive to them, we have the disadvantage of the decline of those ideas, and a population largely indifferent to or ignorant of them. This is quite an obstacle.

Homeschooling is the education of children at home. Homeschooling is a legal option in many places for parents to provide their children with a learning environment as an alternative to publicly-provided schools.

Parents cite numerous reasons as motivations to home school, including better academic test results, poor public school environment, improved character, and objections to what is taught locally in public school. It is also an alternative for families living in isolated rural locations or living temporarily abroad. Homeschooling is legal in many countries, especially Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Unschooling is a curriculum-free philosophy of homeschooling. Unschoolers believe that the use of standard curricula and conventional grading methods, as well as other features of traditional schooling, are counterproductive to the goal of maximizing the education of each child. Instead, unschoolers typically allow children to learn through their natural life experiences, including game play, household responsibilities, and social interaction. Exploring activities is often led by the children themselves, facilitated by the adults. Child directed play is a key tenet of the unschooling philosophy.

We should abolish schooling, to end the ugly and inhuman business of people-shaping and to allow and help people to shape themselves. Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners. The teacher gives explanations, not learning. If a child is left to himself, he will think more and better. Be wary of saying or doing anything to a child that you would not do to another adult, whose good opinion and affection you valued.

Unschooling is based upon and built around the growth of the child and the success that is an inherent part of a self-actualizing life.  The notion of teaching people to become better thinkers is such a basic concept that most people would assume the goal has always been a vital part of educators’ tool kits. But the concept is fairly new on the education landscape, and it has yet to accurately address some tricky cognitive terrain.

LIB THE KIDS

By Basil Venitis

Children locked in all these classes

Dumbing down our kids

Boring teachers with glasses

Unschool now and lib the kids.

 

Kids are looking for a Moses

To liberate them from all these freaks

To lead them to the promised land of chosen

Unschool now and lib the kids.

 

Eager fresh-faced youngsters

Bored to hell and tired lids

Are in classes like gangsters

Unschool now and lib the kids.

 

Abolish schooling right now

Abolish all these stupid grids

Fire all these teachers anyhow

Unschool now and lib the kids.

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