Articles and Resources based on Research Based Instruction:
Using Classroom Assessment to Improve Teaching, The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement. This newsletter provides an overview of classroom assessment and its importance to student learning. Starting with standards (NYS, CCSS), teachers create assessments for students, involve students in the analysis process, provide instructional feedback, and lastly, differentiate learning based on those results. The big idea here is that when teachers invest time with students on formative assessments, learning and comprehension increase.
Principles of Instruction, by Barak Rosenshine 2012 – An overview of research based strategies that all teachers should know. From American Educator, 2012. The author presents ten strategies that work, and then provides classroom examples of how to implement those strategies.
Project-Based Learning and 21st Century Skills – Stephanie Bell argues that real, authentic learning experiences, based in 21st century skills creates advanced problem solvers, excellent communicators, researchers, and ultimately drive their own learning through inquiry and collaboration.
0-60 MPH: Data-Phobic to Data-Driven – Authors Jacob Greenwoord and Raymond Manka provide an argument that educators need to stop fearing data and embrace its power. The articles discusses how teachers can design, implement, and analyze assessments and lessons to uncover issues related to student learning. This article has a focus on common assessments.
Myths that Drive Data Driven Schools – In this article from Principal Leadership, Alan Jones uncovers different myths in school related to data. Ultimately, data collection and analysis is one small piece to a much larger puzzle relating to student learning and achievement. Jones calls for teachers to look in the classroom, experience what students do, how they learn, and what makes them tick. Data collection regarding assessments is important, but so too is real reflection about how classrooms are organized and to evaluate the passion for learning and intellectual growth.