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Effective Assignments and Assessments for Learning

 Effective Assignments and Assessments for Learning

Take your LEARNING-FOCUSED Lessons to the next level with Effective Assignments and Assessments for Learning, a comprehensive approach for developing rigorous assignments and formative assessments. Recent research has found an ever widening gap between actual classroom assignments and assessments and grade level expectations. With Effective Assignments and Assessments for Learning you can be assured that what teachers assign and expect of their students is grade level appropriate. Teachers will learn how to generate assignments and assessments from standards that integrate content, literacy, and thinking skills.

How does Effective Assignments and Assessments for Learning Increase Teaching Effectiveness and Accelerate Learning for students?

Effective Assignments and Assessments for Learning provides teachers with the necessary skills and research-based instructional strategies to deliberately plan grade-level appropriate learning activities, assignments and assessments. Through the use of increasingly rigorous, formative assessments, teachers will be able to assess their students learning as they progress through their lessons. As students progress through the levels of learning in each lesson, they will be prepared to perform at the expected higher level on their assignments and assessments.

How does Effective Assignments and Assessments for Learning help teachers prepare students for 21st Century Standards?

The new generation of standards expect a balance of assessments, including high-quality standardized testing along with effective classroom formative and summative assessments with a strong emphasis on providing useful feedback on student performance embedded into everyday learning. Effective Assignments and Assessments for Learning provides teachers with the understanding to develop these critical assessments with high quality feedback in their instruction.

In addition, teachers will learn to plan and implement challenging questions and prompts that engage students in academic conversations and assignments, while also providing important formative assessment data. They will learn to use the collected data efficiently to effectively provide relevant feedback necessary for student growth and achievement.

21st century classrooms need to be engaging and interactive. To be successful in college and careers in the 21st century, all students must be able to reason effectively, solve problems, think systemically, and make judgments and decisions. Effective Assignments and Assessments for Learning will help teachers create meaningful, real-world assignments and assessments in which students can practice and demonstrate these skills effectively.

Professional Development Description

Students can do no better than the assignments they are given! Align instruction, assignments, and assessments with the expectations set by your standards. By developing rigorous and challenging assignments and assessments, you will eliminate gaps between expectations, instruction, assignments, and assessments. Teachers will confidently provide students with instruction, assignments, and assessments that are intellectually demanding. With Effective Assignments and Assessments for Learning your students will rise to the grade level rigor expected.

Advance your Learning-Focused Lessons by....
Developing assignments based on higher Levels of Learning
Strengthening formative assessments
Increasing the focus and quality use of Collaborative Pairs
Using an advanced process for lesson planning

Workshop Essential Question: How do you ensure that your lesson assignments and assessments meet grade level content, literacy, and critical thinking expectations?

Learning Goals

Participants will Learn the... Participants will Understand... Participants will Apply what they Learn to...
Relationship between assignments and expectations.

Importance of closing the assignment and instruction gap.

Assignments and assessments have an expectation of rigor that must be met at each grade level.

Characteristics of strong essential questions that integrate multiple strands with literacy and higher order thinking.

Rationale  for planning assignments before planning instruction.

Purpose of connecting well-planned learning activities with checks for understanding to lead students to successful completion of assignments.

Components of challenging assignments:
  • Standards-driven, grade-level content
  • Literacy component (reading comprehension, writing, vocabulary, speaking, listening, media, etc.)
  • Higher order thinking strategy

Purpose of Assessment Prompts to check for understanding at strategic points in a lesson and to guide instruction so students can successfully complete the assignment.

Strategies for effectively using Numbered Heads and Pairs Checking during instruction.
Meaningful and challenging assignments prepare students to be successful on rigorous grade level assessments.

Analyze grade level expectations to develop assignments.

Use an advanced process for lesson planning to ensure assignments and assessments are meaningful, challenging, and rigorous.

Plan meaningful and challenging lesson assignments that integrate content, literacy skills and higher order thinking.

Plan grade level appropriate learning activities with integrated research-based instructional strategies that prepare students for completing quality assignments.

Plan and use higher order Assessment Prompts throughout lessons to check for student understanding.

Plan and distribute summarizing and practice using a progression that prepares students for completing challenging lesson assignments.

Effectively utilize Numbered Heads and Pairs Checking to guide practice, check for understanding, engage students in the lesson, and to help students develop skills for appropriate academic dialogue.

Align Summarizing Strategies in lesson plans to the learning goals.

Adapt and use rubrics to guide the completion of assignments.

Provide quality feedback on assignments.

Workshop Agenda

Effective Assignments and Assessments for Learning Agenda

Essential Question: Why are quality assignments fundamental to student success?

  • Participants will construct a rationale to justify why quality assignments are so important.

Essential Question: How do you know when an assignment is quality?

  • Participants will analyze assignments to determine if they meet standards for quality and if not will make suggestions for revision.

Essential Question: How do you plan a quality assignment?

  • Participants will analyze grade-level expectations of standards to determine learning goals and develop a rigorous assignment aligned to those learning goals.

Essential Question: How do you plan Learning Activities and Assessment Prompts that prepare students to successfully complete rigorous assignments?

  • Participants will plan a learning progression that moves students through the Levels of Learning in preparation for completing the rigorous assignment.

Essential Question: How does quality feedback increase student learning?

  • Participants will identify the characteristics of effective feedback and develop a rubric for providing feedback on an assignment.

Benefits of Learning-Focused Professional Development

Why LEARNING-FOCUSED Professional Development?

  • Review of Learning-Focused Solutions Professional Development ReviewsEvery LEARNING-FOCUSED workshop is research-based and more importantly evidence-based. Each workshop provides specific knowledge and skills that have shown to have a positive impact on student outcomes through implementation in classrooms throughout the country. It is based on real teachers affecting real students.

  • LEARNING-FOCUSED is a Model. Research shows that professional development based on a model that promotes teaching strategies and practices that are consistent with effective teachers (evidence-based) provides teachers the ability to translate those principles into adapted applications. By developing this kind of knowledge teachers are better able to solve identified issues about student outcomes in their particular teaching situations. At LEARNING-FOCUSED our message is ADAPT, Don't ADOPT!  
  • Using knowledgeable experts is necessary to develop the kinds of new
    knowledge and skills associated with positive outcomes for students. All
    LEARNING-FOCUSED Trainers have the expertise and experience to effectively
    impact the knowledge and skills of you and your staff. LEARNING-FOCUSED
    workshops maintain over a 97% satisfaction rate and we guarantee all workshops.
  • Elizabeth Sima - Principal - Talking about Support At LEARNING-FOCUSED, we understand that affecting change within the classroom or school is not completed at the end of the workshop.
    LEARNING-FOCUSED trainers will continue to provide support to you and your staff after the workshop is over. In addition, we strongly encourage schools to schedule conference days to allow the Learning-Focused trainer to sit down with you and your staff and discuss how the implementation process is going and to provide suggestions. 



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