How Do We Know They're Getting Better? Assessment for 21st Century Minds, K-8
Publication Year: 2012
Boost your students' 21st century skills
How do we measure students' inquiry, problem-solving, and critical thinking abilities so that we know they are prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century? John Barell explains how inquiry leads to problem-solving and provides specific steps for pre, formative and summative assessment that informs instruction of 21st century skills. Included are examples that show how to use today's technology in the classroom and how to use inquiry to develop and assess students' ability to:
Think critically and creatively; Collaborate with others; Become self-directed learners; Adapt and become resourceful; Develop a sense of leadership, responsibility, and global awareness
The authors challenge teachers to reflect on their own learning, thinking, and problem-solving processes as well as those of their students. The text ...
- Front Matter
- Subject Index
- Chapter 1: An Overview
- Chapter 2: Teacher Modeling
- Chapter 3: Creating the Invitation-to-Risk Environment
- Chapter 4: Curriculum for the 21st Century
- Chapter 5: Preassessments
- Chapter 6: Formative Assessments: Gathering a “Wealth of Information”
- Chapter 7: From Stories to Powerful Questions
- Chapter 8: “My Inquiry Skills Shot Through the Roof!”
- Chapter 9: “STEM Changed My Life!”
- Chapter 10: “Cookie-Cutter A” Becomes Self-Directed Student
- Chapter 11: Inquiry Begins at Home
- Chapter 12: After Action Reviews
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
How do we know they're getting better?: assessment for 21st century minds, K-8/John Barell.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-1-4129-9528-3 (pbk.)
1. Educational tests and measurements—United States. 2. Education, Elementary—United States—Evaluation. 3. Middle school education—United States—Evaluation. 4. Curriculum change—United States. 5. Education—Aims and objectives—United States. I. Title.
This book is printed on acid-free paper.
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I deeply appreciate the help of all teachers who have so generously shared their classrooms with me. Their intelligent and creative experiences demonstrate how much our students can achieve if we engage them in inquiring about meaningful problematic situations. In this day and age, with educational issues often at the forefront of our daily news, you will find it a most rewarding and enriching experience to share in some of these teachers' marvelous challenges to all their students. I am deeply indebted to all whose stories appear herein.
Everybody is indebted to you all for the passion you bring to this, the noblest profession, and for disclosing how we can observe students' growth over time.[Page viii]
Thank you all very much.
About the Author[Page ix]
John Barell became an explorer at age thirteen when he first read Admiral Richard E. Byrd's book Little America. From this story of intrepid adventurers camped out on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica in 1928, Barell developed so many questions. He wrote Admiral Byrd, who not only answered with four letters but also invited him to visit at his home in Boston and urged him to explore Antarctica. Barell sailed to Antarctica on board Admiral Byrd's flagship, USS Glacier, and served as her operations officer during Operation DeepFreeze '63 and '64.
Subsequently, Barell became an educator attempting to explore the many possibilities for educating young people in nontraditional settings in New York City and at Montclair State University (New Jersey). His published writings reflect an attempt to challenge students and their teachers to take risks by adventuring into complex problematic situations to inquire, solve problems, and think critically. Antarctica, once a dream for a young reader, has become a metaphor for all educational inquiry, adventure, and discovery.
Now professor emeritus at Montclair State University, Barell worked from 2000 to 2007 as a consultant to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, helping teachers and students become inquisitive about the wonders of earth and space.
As a national consultant, Barell works with schools in the United States and Canada to foster and assess those 21st century capacities needed for success and well-being in this new century.
John Barell's recent publications include Why Are School Buses Always Yellow? Teaching Inquiry, PreK–5 (2007), Problem-Based Learning: An Inquiry Approach (2007), Developing More Curious Minds (2003), Quest for Antarctica: A Journey of Wonder and Discovery (2011, a memoir), and Surviving Erebus: An Antarctic Adventure (2008, a novel).
He lives in New York City with his wife Nancy.[Page x]