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How to Unlock Your Students’ Potential with Formative Assessments

How to Unlock Your Students’ Potential with Formative Assessments

Anyone with experience in the classroom can recognize the power behind the word “test.” Uttering the word itself can change the atmosphere of a classroom. Tests can be stressful, high-stakes, and often fail to yield the kind of information teachers need to adjust their instruction to suit their students’ needs. Testing doesn’t have to lead

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3 Webinars this Spring Could Supercharge Your Math Instruction

Our math webinar series from May-June is brimming with expertise on how to get instruction back on track. Register here >> Being the Director of Mathematics at Discovery Education has its perks. Sure, it’s nice meeting the stars of the Puppy Bowl and receiving free Deadliest Catch bumper stickers, but my favorite perk is interacting

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DfE – grammar and punctuation SATS 2016

This post pulls together some key information regarding the forthcoming SATS test, featuring a new uplevelled test for grammar and punctuation. These uplevelled SATS will obviously be a challenge for schools to face this year, and through Discovery Education Espresso, we provide support for schools, teachers and students with our engaging resources. There will be

DfE updates: Assessment

With all the changes to assessment, this first post in our ‘DfE updates’ series brings together some resources from the DfE that may be of use. This summary video from the Standards and Testing Agency (just over 10 minutes) details the key changes for primary schools, KS1 and KS2. This is the final report of

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July 2014: Activators and summarizers with mobile devices

Activators and summarizers have been used in classrooms for a long time. We all have our favorites and students know what to expect when we begin to use them. Since many classrooms now have at least part time access to 1:1 mobile devices, whether on a cart, a BYOD environment, or a true 1:1 program,

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Goobric & Doctopus…say huh?!

Having just seen the recent Captain America superhero movie, my initial thought was that these were the names of some sort of super villains. To the contrary, these are a couple of awesome tools for assessing student work using Rubrics built into Google Docs! Thanks to our very own DEN STAR, Sandi Dennis for sharing

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Microsoft Excel For Educators: Segment 4

Welcome all to a new week of Excel for Educators where I’ve tried to take some of the things that I do in my work with the Analytics, Research and Evaluation team here at Discovery Education and frame them in the perspective of the classroom teacher, and then divide them into 15-20 minute segments. This

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