Ashford 6: – Week 5 – Discussion 1
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Reference the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
No Excuses University — Assessment
“Make no judgments where you have no compassion.” – Anne McCaffrey
Initial post: Address each of the following discussion points using one of the following technology tools to enhance your written response (Smore, Prezi, PowTown, Sliderocket, Present.me, or other presentation software). You may want to perfect your use of the same digital tool used during Week Four, or you might try a different digital tool to expand your skills! Utilizing technology in this discussion will further prepare you for the Final Project in Week Six. If you do not have direct classroom experience, you may respond to these questions based on your own understanding of what occurs in your own children’s school, or a professional or volunteer position you’ve held outside of a school setting.
In Chapter 8, Lopez sends a resounding message: “Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students” (p.97). He goes on to say that our reason for assessing students should be grounded in our commitment to use the information collected in a way that helps us generate greater success for our students. Share your perspective on Lopez’s quote and statement above. Describe how your mindset has changed or been validated. Consider the 4 questions Lopez lists under “Defending our Assessment Practices” (p.98). How might you use these questions in your current or anticipated practice? What value might it add to your practice by keeping these questions in mind? In what ways have you succeeded/failed to make students your partner in assessment?
Guided Response: Respond to at least two of your classmates by offering feedback on their perspectives and ideas about the issue of assessment. Discuss similarities and differences between your perspectives. Share how their ideas enhanced your own. Be sure to also respond to any questions that your instructor might pose.