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Teachers will learn to assess student achievement with rubrics that reflect the latest neuroscientific research and are compatible with standards and the principles of brain-compatible learning.

Real learning means the learner has the ability to apply learned skills to real-life contextual settings. But since `teaching to the test` is still the mandate in classrooms, Diane Ronis shows teachers how to use alternative assessment methods to move toward a more student-beneficial form of education. She leads readers through the complex issues of brain research, offers practical methods of implementation, outlines lesson plans using this approach, and demonstrates how to accurately assess students while maintaining rigorous standards and high-challenge levels.

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Editorial Reviews

Renate Nummela Caine
"Real learning is deeply personal. It requires that learners participate meaningfully in the ideas and subjects that they explore as they shape and reshape what they know and want to know. Diane Ronis has written a book that brings coherence and intelligence to understanding how to assess such learning. "
From the Foreword by Renate Nummela Caine

"Real learning is deeply personal. It requires that learners participate meaningfully in the ideas and subjects that they explore as they shape and reshape what they know and want to know. Diane Ronis has written a book that brings coherence and intelligence to understanding how to assess such learning."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575171685
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/1/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Ronis is a professor of education at Southern Connecticut State University and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. Her drive to make learning meaningful to all students comes from 17 years of teaching middle school and high school mathematics and fine arts as well as eight years of experience instructing preservice teachers at the college and graduate level. Ronis has been a presenter and keynote speaker at numerous conferences, workshops and seminars, and is the author of Brain Compatible Mathematics, Brain Compatible Assessments, Critical Thinking in Math, Problem Based Learning for Math & Science: Integrating Inquiry and the Internet, and Clustering Standards in Integrated Units.
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Table of Contents

Foreword     ix
Preface     xi
Introduction     xiii
Publisher's Acknowledgments     xvii
About the Author     xix
The Assessment Revolution     1
The Need for Change     1
The Standards     2
Creative Writing Journal     4
Forms of Assessment     5
Planets in Motion     9
Alternative Assessments     11
A Starting Point     15
Campaign Scrapbook     16
Assessment Formats: Standards, Design, and Brain-Compatible Learning     19
On the Lookout for Success     19
Performance Assessments     20
Westward Expansion Timeline     21
The Performance Task     22
Performance Criteria     28
Geography Mobiles     29
Assessment Design     30
Beyond the Answer Key     33
Rubric Design     34
Creating the Descriptor Levels     36
Computing the Grade: Making Qualitative Assessments Quantitative     39
Consistent Scoring and Reliability     42
Content Counts     43
Educational Inferences     44
Class PetDiet Graph     45
Multiple Intelligences and Brain-Compatible Assessment     49
Learning and Intelligence     49
Multiple Intelligence Theory     50
Fairy Tale Storyboard     53
Motivation     53
Beyond the Blackboard     56
Message Confusion     57
Invitation to Invention     58
Student Strengths     61
Auto Economics     62
Instruction and Assessment     65
The Pull of the Newtonian Paradigm     65
Stellated Dodecahedron     71
Emotions in Context     73
The Need for Standards     74
Content Standards and Performance Standards     75
Teaching Methods and Instructional Materials     75
No Child Left Behind     76
Cartoon Creation     77
Promise for the Future     79
Television Time     81
Wiring the Curriculum: Standards and Their Technological Applications     85
Interactive Learning     85
Standards, Accountability and Technology     86
Tessellation Transformation     88
In Perspective     91
Technology Without Borders      93
Software and Servers and Search Engines, Oh, My!     93
Multimedia Mapping     94
The Role of the Teacher     97
Software Selection     98
The Internet     98
Cyber Chronicles     101
The Human Touch     102
Collaborative Learning     105
The Benefits of Cooperation     105
New Understandings     106
Kites for Everyone!     107
The Spectrum of Interdependence     108
Photosynthesis Rap     113
The Cooperative Learning Environment     115
Conscious Attention     117
Checks and Balances Video     120
Conclusion     124
Glossary     125
References     127
Index     129
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