The ideas and examples in this book help teachers successfully collaborate to raise student achievement through the use of formative assessments. Here, Todd Stanley and Betsy Moore, educators with over 40 years of combined experience, offer proven formative assessment strategies to teachers in a professional learning community.
- Why a PLC?
- How to Work Effectively in a Group
- How to Write Assessments
- Adjustments in the Classroom
- Keeping Up with Collaboration
If you’re looking to extend the benefits of formative assessments throughout your school, this user-friendly guide will help to unite teachers in improving classroom learning!
Table of Contents
Introduction: Why Use Short-Cycle Assessments in a Professional Learning Community?
1. Why Work in a Professional Learning Community (PLC)?
What is a PLC?2. How to Work Effectively in a Group
Advantages to Working in a PLC
Disadvantages to Working in a PLC
Different Types of PLCs
Creating a Good Group Environment Using Norms3. Starting the SCORE Process
All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy
Group Building Activities
Cancer in the Clubhouse
Good Meetings vs. Bad Meetings
What Does Everyone Know?4. Aligning the Curriculum
Understanding the Standards
Identifying the Level of the Standards According to Bloom's
Coding the Test
Figuring Your Pacing Chart5. Writing Assessments
Types of Pacing Charts
Identifying Power Standards
Skills Needed for Success in the Area
Design Assessments to Standards6. Administering and Grading the Assessments
How to Work as a Group on Short-Cycle Assessments
The Format of the Questions
How to Write the Questions
Administering the Assessment7. Data Analysis
Creating the Proper Environment
Creating the Answer Key
Looking at the Results8. Adjustments in the Classroom
Organizing the Data
Why Analyze as a PLC Group?
Leaving Your Ego at the Door
Data-Based Instructional Adjustments9. Keeping Up With Collaboration
How to Use the Data to Make Adjustments
Grouping of Students
Chances for Collaboration
Revising the ProcessEpilogue
Celebrate Your Success
BluePrints for the Process