Category Archive: assessment

The Joys, Wonders, and Challenges of On-Demand Writing: Assessment Strengthens Writers Blog Series

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I’ll be honest. I actually love on-demand writing assessments.

Helping Parents See Progress Through the Process

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As learners ourselves, we know students need a supportive culture where taking risks, asking questions, and understanding the value of the process is omnipresent.

Making the Most of Pre-Assessments

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 We spend a week or so sharing stories, and building excitement for writing stories. We hand out notebooks with fanfare, and writers happily personalize them. They brainstorm ideas for stories they could write.… Continue reading

Instant Minilesson Follow-Up

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A strong active engagement, and a routine for informally assessing student work during the minilesson can give you the tools you need to be sure that no student leaves the meeting area completely confused.

Looking at Student Writing

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Comparing two writing samples may be as effective as scoring using a rubric

What Does it All Mean? Really?

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Sometimes the place we land isn’t where we belong, it is merely a place to pause before the real destination.

How to Assess Students’ Digital Writing – Ideas from Troy Hicks’ New Book

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In Assessing Students’ Digital Writing:Protocols For Looking Closely, Troy Hicks and a team of forward looking educators have given us lenses through which to appreciate and evaluate the type of digital creativity that students seem adept at…

Where Do We Go Next? Use a Checklist!

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Do your on-demand writing samples go into a folder or do they help you plan your next steps?

What Do You See?

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We see what we choose to see when we look at student writing.

A Week of Oldies But Goodies: Throwback Week!

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This week on Two Writing Teachers, we each chose another co-author’s previously published post to feature as part of our very own Throwback Week.

Aim Higher: Some Tools For Mid Year Assessments

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At the end of this week, the  second marking period will officially come to an end for many of us, and so will the first half of our school year.  This is the… Continue reading

Using Assessment Tools to Teach Transference

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Valuable lessons can be learned when an assessment tool designed for one genre is used to assess another.

Conversations About Standards-Based Report Cards: Do Your Students Know How They’re Doing?

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And with November, comes report cards.

What’s An On-Demand?

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On-demand assessments allow us to check and see, rather than speculate, on what kids already know and can do. Then we can make well-informed choices about what to teach.

Ending a Year of Teaching Writing with a Group Reflection

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One thing I love so much about being an educator is the cyclical nature of the school year. The beginning of the year brings promise, renewed energy, and a certain mania. The middle… Continue reading

An End of the Year Writing Check

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At the end of the school year, we are often faced with pages and pages of student writing. Most of it may have gone home already, but now is a great time to… Continue reading

Slice of Life in the classroom: How to rubric and grade our project

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Launching our yearlong Slice of Life writing challenge is an exhilarating experience for my sixth graders. None of them have done any type of digital writing, and the very idea of posting a… Continue reading

Scoring On-Demand Assessments

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Nothing truly teaches you like rolling up your sleeves and doing something. I came away with five realizations as a result from scoring K – 8 narrative on-demand assessments by myself.

Slow and Steady

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Nicole Frederickson, a middle school teacher, doesn’t believe in diagnostic writing assessments at the beginning of the school year. Find out why she builds a community of writers before she assesses her students.

Primary Teachers: I need your advice, please!

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How much time do you think K-2 students need to complete an on-demand narrative writing assessment?