I absolutely loved this course and want to redo my class like this course! There were many ideas I could immediately implement! I thought it was very easy to understand, and it made sense! Thank you so much!"
This course came at the right time in my career. After 17 years in the classroom, I'm feeling teacher burn out more than ever before (mainly because of the many curriculum changes in my state over the course of my career). After taking this course, I feel a little less stressed about the road ahead. I plan on implementing many of the strategies that were addressed in this course to ease the next transition to the new common core curriculum. Thank you!"
I have been teaching teachers about DI for quite some time so I feel like I have a pretty good background on it. This course was helpful in teaching me some other things I didn't know, such as anchor charts and various formative assessments as well as quick grading tips."
I enjoyed this course because it provided feasible assessment ideas for any classroom. I can walk away from this course with new ideas on how to assess my students without eating up a lot of instructional time. There are also ideas on how to streamline grading so that teachers don't get burned out! Thank you for the great ideas and real world solutions."
This has been one of the most useful courses I have taken for practical application to the classroom. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you Cheryl for your insight, encouragement and great ideas for the classroom."
This course was extremely useful for me. I know that formative and summative assessment is the key to increased student achievement and now I understand how to use them. I learned so many techniques and new ideas for my classroom. I am looking forward to the next school year already and summer vacation is starting in two days. Thank You!"
I really liked the content. It will be very useful in my work and with my staff. I am already planning my PDs for the fall. Another very positive factor was the almost immediate feedback that I received from the instructor. I have taken many classes and most are not as timely with their replies."
I am going to highly recommend this course to my fellow teachers. I took this class as a "refresher" and thought it might be redundant, dated,or even boring. However, I was mistaken! I learned several new strategies that I was able to adapt immediately to help with review for the EOC...I am looking forward to revitalizing my curriculum this summer utilizing new rubric formats, new vocabulary activities, and new assessment strategies(Quick Check, KUD chart,etc). And I have summer time to leisurely tweak my lesson plans, at my own pace. Thank you!"
I learned so many practical ways to improve my assessments. I am excited about fine-tuning my formative assessments. I loved your class! I took lots of notes on helpful information and made copies of many pages. The book recommendations and the lesson - Checking for Understanding and Classroom Assessment and Grading That Work - are two must-haves for me. Thank you!"
Cheryl is an amazing communicator and instructor. She gets 100% for her well taught course. Of all my educational courses, I believe this is the most empowering information I have ever learned. This will assist me in helping each student in my class to successfully increase his/her performance…I am grateful to Cheryl for enlightening me and helping me obtain these valuable educational tools. This was my first online class. I surprisingly learned much more than in a PLU class held onsite. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity!"
Course Code: 4da
Examine the four main principles behind differentiated assessment (DA). You will see how DA works in a real classroom, and understand what this approach can do for students. Then, get an overview of the three different types of assessment: pre-assessments, formative assessments, and summative assessments.
Learn to deconstruct content standards into student-friendly language so students understand what they need to know and do. You will discover how to share learning goals with students in ways that motivate them and define expectations. Then, examine the last three principles of DA: gathering evidence of understanding, adjusting instruction, and giving feedback to students.
Discover assessment strategies you can use to motivate the unmotivated learners in your classroom. You will explore how you can use seating arrangements and open-ended questions to encourage students to participate in classroom discussions. Then, discover how to use an anticipation guide, the Question-Answer-Relationship strategy, and a visual display to promote learning.
Examine how you can use learning contracts and Think-Tac-Toe lessons to challenge students without being burdened by grading individual assignments. Then, explore strategies to support students who are struggling to learn information without putting so much stress on them that they shut down.
Learn about engaging vocabulary assessment strategies you can use in your classroom. You will investigate how the ABC Brainstorm, Most Important Words, Find My Family, and List-Cluster-Title-Explain strategies bring vocabulary to life while fostering independence in your students. Then, learn how to grade students against standards, not against each other. You will discover how to use rubrics effectively to expose implied expectations.
Investigate how to find time to implement and document assessment practices. You will discover how to use Quick Check forms to quickly document the mastery levels for each student. Finally, discover how to cope with challenges, avoid burnout, and create a roadmap for successful implementation. You will learn how to transfer your new skills to the real world!
Cheryl Dick has more than 17 years of teaching experience. She currently teaches fourth grade and previously worked as an instructional coach for six years. She graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education, with a focus on early childhood education. Dick also holds a master’s degree in elementary education from Texas-Wesleyan University and a second master’s degree in educational administration from Lindenwood University.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.