In 9th grade Spanish classes, students develop an understanding of different types of text. They learn how to interpret, analyze, identify and produce different genres, journalistic styles, scientific and historical texts. Students are expected to read outside of class and come in ready to discuss and work with the text. In class, students answer questions using Google forms to determine whether the readings were completed and to assess the level of understanding. In addition to multiple choice type questions, there are long answer questions that provide information for the teacher to assess writing skills and focus teaching on misconceptions. Students are motivated to read their text in order to do well on these assessments. See an example assessment here.
teachers submit their assessment and comments about a student's post, the form automatically emails the student with the information. This will provide students with the feedback they need to be successful in the project and save teachers time. If you're interested using forms as rubrics to provide feedback automatically to students, check out the post on our PD page.
Ninth grade science students are not only learning fundamentals of science and chemistry, they are getting a lesson in thinking about learning. Students complete ungraded quizzes about science content. Then students complete reflections commenting on their preparation relative to their quiz score. How do they know their score? Flubaroo allows their teacher to send each student a personal grade report via email instantly. Students can immediately address their misunderstandings and misconceptions about the content by asking good questions. They can also reflect on how their study habits influenced the outcome of the quiz. Their teacher learns which topics are causing students trouble as well. Students are engaged in these formative assessments and gain insight about their own learning process. Simple solutions can provide great rewards. Learn more about using Flubaroo on the Teacher Resources site.
RAFT assignments encourage students to uncover their own voices and formats for presenting their ideas about content information they are studying. Students learn to respond to writing prompts that require them to think about various perspectives: Role of the Writer, Audience, Format and Topic. For this RAFT assignment, students in Biology created short videos explaining the process of how photosynthesis and cellular respiration are interconnected.
Students used critical thinking, creativity, teamwork and problem solving to develop create videos to demonstrate their knowledge of biology. The freedom of expression and structure of RAFT assignments increase student motivation and learning. Learn about light, carbon dioxide, and water in the trailer to Chloroplast High School, coming soon to theaters near you. Or if you prefer learning through music, try the Epic Science Rap Battles of Bio Class.
Several teachers in high school are using TurnItIn with students. TurnItIn is an online system for determining originality in writing. It compares student work with everything on the internet to determine how much of the work is in the students' own words. Plagiarism, or academic dishonesty, is especially unacceptable in higher education so we seek to prepare students for the rigorous academic expectations they will face at university. TurnItIn helps students and teachers work together to improve writing and use appropriate citations. In addition to the originality reports, teachers can use the detailed grammar and spelling check to provide students quick feedback about their writing. Learn more about the types of plagiarism using TurnItIn's Plagiarism Spectrum.