Sunday, May 31, 2015

Testing Is Not Teaching

Our first reading discussion is scheduled for day one of the institute. I know many of you are anxious to begin your reading, so here is your first assignment! As you read Testing Is Not Teaching, select a line (or two) that strikes a chord with you and/or deserves discussion. In a comment to this post, record the line(s) and a brief (really brief, like a sentence, or even just a phrase) response. We will use these responses to frame our discussion on June 24.

Happy reading!

Sample Learning Autobiographies

As the school year winds down and the summer session approaches, here are some more examples of learning autobiographies to give you inspiration.

Patricia Valley

Alberto Morales

Renee Rhoads

Also, remember the great fun we had at orientation.  Here is a reminder:

Monday, May 11, 2015

Testing is Not Teaching by Donald H. Graves

The two lines that spoke to the heart of this book were;

The massive amounts of time spent either preparing for tests or taking them have displaced writing and original, long thinking and dulled our students' thinking edge.  Current approaches to assessment are lowering standards, and America is in danger of losing an entire generation of its future citizens whose problems may be even greater than our own.

Stephen M. Seymour

Friday, May 1, 2015

Welcome to ISFI 15!

This blog will be the repository for all the ideas, resources, happenings, musings, inspirations, and information that need to be shared amongst us.  Each of you will get to post and even if you are a rookie blogger, this is a great, low-pressure way to be initiated into the blogosphere.  Don't worry if this feels overwhelming; we are here to help and happy to answer all your tech questions. 

For a directional screencast on how to post on the blog, follow this link.

Brigid and Patricia