If you are doing this Workshop for academic credit, mail your completed Work to:
This is a distance learning workshop, concentrating on uses of the Internet for teaching, learning and professional development. It also is intended to give you enough web sites and leads-in to more web sites to be a continuously useful resource for your learning and doing.
Assessment is based on work you produce in series of essays/listings for topic you "connect with," and with an annotated lists of sites supporting your views and reflecting your web work.
For instance, you might write “The site XXXX [http://www.xxx.com] gave me a different perspective on how to help students learn _____. It also cleared up for me something I was confused about, and that is what educators mean by __________.” Certainly you would want to elaborate more.
This work may be emailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or snail-mailed to me at Chad C. Osborne 923 W. Mission St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. If you email the work, you may wish to put it in a Zip file, which compresses text and makes it easier to send over the 'Net.
"Rubrics" allow teachers to be more objective in scoring/grading complex student performances. Moreover, they help students understand more clearly just what is expected of them in an assignment or activity. Students and teachers can compose rubrics together, and revise them according to actual performance. They give a reference point and language for raising expectations and achievement, AND GIVE STUDENTS GUIDANCE IN DEVELOPING SKILLS OF SELF EVALUATION.
Part of holding students to higher standards means teaching and giving them opportunities to ask their own questions and evaluate their own work. This workshop will prepare you to collaborate with students in the evaluation process.
Journal and Portfolio Task #1: Surf and survey **the amazingly thorough site RUBRICS, which has rubrics for every academic subject and level!
Be sure to look at sample rubrics in all areas matching what and how you teach. Consider how some of the process/skill rubrics as tools to train students in the use of more creative methods. Write in your Journal about what you discover, and reprint and annotate rubrics you may want to use.
Journal and Portfolio Task #2: What larger assessment issues do you want to consider? Give a close look at relevant sections of Critical Issues in Assessment. Your Journal Part of this task is to formulate your approach to assessment.
Portfolio Surfing and Site Collection
The following fourteen sites reflect the work of many educators in trying to encapsulate higher standards in the form of rubrics. Survey and selectively reprint them for your Portfolio.
Final Journal and Portfolio Task: Improving America's Schools: A Newsletter on Issues in School Reform gives you a final opportunity to consider your own assessment philosophy and think about what your school might do to strengthen its approaches. Reflect on this in a final essay and collection of annotated site listings.