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How To Assess Higher-Order Thinking Skills in Your Classroom

by Susan M. Brookhart

List Price: $24.95

Overview

 

 

Don’t settle for assessing recall and comprehension only when you can use this guide to create assessments for higher-order thinking skills. Assessment expert Susan M. Brookhart brings you up to speed on how to develop and use test questions and other assessments that reveal how well your students can analyze, reason, solve problems, and think creatively. Her practical framework takes you through the steps of

  • Identifying clearly the type of thinking that you want to assess.
  • Designing a task or test item that requires students to demonstrate the type of thinking you’re looking for.
  • Determining how to interpret, evaluate, or score the results.
  • Providing the right kind of materials to help students demonstrate their thinking.

Discover how to make an assessment blueprint for any grade or subject that includes multiple-choice and constructed-response (essay) items plus performance assessment tasks. Whether you want to create formative or summative assessments, this book has what you need to create well-designed assessments that can bring thinking out of your students’ heads and make it visible in their words and actions.

Peer Coaching to Enrich Professional Practice, School Culture, and Student Learning

by Pam Robbins

List Price:  $26.95

Overview

 

 

It's true that in schools where teachers collaborate, academic achievement is more likely to improve than in schools where they don't. How can you and your colleagues work together more effectively to improve professional practice in a way that enhances staff and student learning? Here's a book that answers this question and maps out a strategic approach for how to create an effective peer coaching program, or refine and strengthen the one you have. Best-selling ASCD author Pam Robbins draws on her many years of experience in a wide variety of schools to explain surefire ways to

  • Develop a collaborative, learning-focused culture that builds trust among colleagues.
  • Enrich professional learning experiences and enhance the growth of every teacher.
  • Navigate your way through difficult conversations to ensure powerful and useful feedback that yields desired results.
  • Support school or district priorities to use data, improve instruction, integrate technology, and implement standards.

Included with the tried-and-true advice are coaching tools, scenarios, process guidelines, and reflection questions that make it easier to transfer these ideas into any school setting.

How to Design Questions and Tasks to Assess Student Thinking

by Susan M. Brookhart

List Price:  $24.95

Overview

 

Why wait for end-of-year tests to tell you whether students are meeting new standards' emphasis on higher-order thinking skills when you can assess their abilities in everyday classroom activities? Best-selling ASCD author Susan M. Brookhart explains how to design targeted questions and tasks that align with standards and assess your students' ability to do far more than simply remember facts and procedures. Dozens of examples across grade levels and subject areas make it easier for you to

  • Pose assessment questions and tasks as "problems to solve."
  • Design multiple-choice questions that require higher-order thinking.
  • Use open questions effectively.
  • Tailor cognitive level and difficulty to students' varying abilities.

An "idea bank" of ready-made tasks and questions jump-starts your thinking and creativity when you want to challenge students and stretch their 21st century learning skills.

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