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Sep 26

Traditional vs. Standards Aligned Classroom



Before stating, complete the assessment and upon completing the assessment, find the correct answer below in the grid comparing a traditional classroom and a standards-based classroom.

Write a “T” if the statement depicts a traditional classroom. Write an “S” if the statement depicts a standards aligned classroom.

1. Whole class instruction dominates. _______

2. Coverage of texts and curriculum drives instruction. _______

3. Assessment is ongoing and used to make instruction responsive to student need. _______

4. Teacher tests and then moves on in the curriculum. _______

5. Lesson topic is selected on the curriculum. _______

6. Lesson topic is selected based on curriculum and text. _______

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Is your classroom more traditional (T older pedagogies) in nature or are you moving towards a standards-based one ( SB newer pedagogies)? Complete the questionnaire below to find out.

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Respond to each set of questions as it applies to your everyday classroom practice

0 = Never, 1 = Rarely, 2 = Sometimes, 3 = Often, 4 = Consistently

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Start below

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T=Student differences are acted upon when problematic

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SB=Student differences are studied as a basis for planning

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T=Assessment is most common at the end of learning to see "who got it"

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SB=assessment is ongoing to understand how to make instruction more responsive to learner need

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T=Whole-class instruction dominates

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SB=Many instructional strategies are used

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T=Coverage of texts & curriculum drives instruction

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SB=Student readiness, interest, and learning profile shape instruction

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T=Mastery of facts is the focus of learning

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SB=Use of essential skills to make sense of and understand key concepts & big ideas are the focus of learning

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T=Single option assignments are the norm

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SB=Multi-option assignments are frequently used

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T=A single text prevails

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SB=Students are assessed in multiple ways

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T=A single form of assessment is often used

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SB=Students are assessed in multiple ways

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T=Lesson topic is selected from curriculum and/or text

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SB=Lesson topic is selected based on state standards

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T=Tests are based on text

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SB=Tests are based on reporting categories

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T=Teacher administers tests then moves on in the curriculum

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SB=Teacher test and reteach based on student mastery level

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Total score _________

44 to 35 = You're there

34 to 26 = You're almost there

25 to 17 = You're on the way

16 to 8 = Getting the hang of it

7 to 0 = Just getting started

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Assessment

In a standards-aligned classroom, fair assessments are aligned to the standards, anchors, and curriculum frameworks big idea.

Assessments in a standards-aligned system is multifaceted, has many forms (four types), includes monitoring of progress, is frequent, and results in modifying instruction.

There are four types of assessments: Summative, Formative, Benchmark, and Diagnostic

Summativeassess progress at the end of a defined period of instruction

Formativeclassroom based formal and informal assessment tools to shape teaching and learning

Diagnosticassessment administered prior to instruction to determine each student’s strengths, needs, knowledge, and skills

Benchmarkdesigned to assess and provide feedback about how the student is progressing towards demonstrating proficiency on grade level standards

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News

Welcome back to another school year. I hope your summer was relaxing and invigorating and you are looking forward to the approaching school year and the opportunity to stimulate and challenge your students’ minds.

This summer I was able to study Sir Ken Robinson, a British author, speaker and international advisor on education to governments, non-profits, and education organizations

I, like many people, find his writings and Ted Talks not only witty and inspiring but also thought-provoking and challenging. Much of his work deals with the diversity of intelligence, the power of imagination and creativity, and the importance of commitment to our own capabilities. He posits that the noticeable lack of them in our schools negatively affect students’ learning and teachers’ productivity and the absence of them is triggered by the demands of standardized testing.

I hope you find Sir Ken Robinson’s words inspiriting and challenging as I do and be mindful of them as you plan for the new year. Here is to a great 2017-2018 school year!