January 6th Collaborative Conversations - THE BLACK BOX

Here are the guidelines for your collaborative conversations:
1) Read the article titled, "Inside the Black Box"
2) Create a wiki page for your group reflections, inside this wiki page (directions here). Make the name something descriptive, so the content of your group can be identified (i.e. Science 1).
3) Reflect on the following questions within the wiki page you created for your group (copy and paste them into your new wiki page).

Group members: Teresa Testroet, Ben Matthies, Judy Brunner, Eric Cogdill, Michelle Fuqua, and Mary Mekemson
  • How would you define Formative Assessment?
    • Gleaning information about what the kids know, in class, through discussion, on the board.
  • What was new or surprised you?
    • This depressed some of us: it makes us aware of our deficiencies as teachers. It also validates what we are doing right and makes us be more aware of what we are doing.
    • All the mandates that they listed in the article...however Ames High and Iowa doesn't teach to the test so at least we don't have to worry about that.
  • What are the implications for our work within collaborative groups?
    • We have our work cut out for us. We need to spend time listening to other ideas, and learning for each other.
  • What additional information do you need with respect to formative assessments?
    • More examples of what people are doing, math specifically.

4) Read other group reflections by clicking on links to the left (refresh your page if you aren't seeing any links).