Assessments

I just came home from a class in which we discussed reflective assessments.  The premise of the discussion was on the advantages of using reflective assessments in our classrooms.  Some of my fellow classmates, primarily Middle and High School, negatively talked about the amount of time it takes to do these types of assessments and their validity.

How do you feel about reflective assessments?  Do you think they have any value outside of elementary school?

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Tech Classes

It might sound funny or ridiculous to some people, but I accomplished a milestone in my own personal technical growth.  Yesterday I learned how to create power point presentations.  I had previously attended a workshop given by a friend, but it left me feeling incredibly frustrated, stupid, and no new learning had occured.  As a matter of fact, I began to resent people who could create a power point presentation with little effort.

After my workshop yesterday, I reflected on how easy it really was to learn the program and I felt a bit foolish that I couldn’t figure it out on my own.  Upon further reflection, I realized that the difference between both learning experiences was due to the instructors.  My first instructor rushed through the material and didn’t make accommodations for the various levels of experience.  Yesterdays instructor made it easy for me to learn because she was patient, encouraging, worked one on one, and she gave us time to practice our new learning. 

It reminds me of all the wonderful qualities we should have when we work with our writers.