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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 ...

Sitting by the Judge

In considering how to commence this discussion about how we initially assess our students, I thought it would be fun to go to the dictionary. In this case I used the Random House Dictionary of the English Language (1967) we've had in our family for many years.

The meanings include, in this order: (1) to estimate officially the value of (property, income, etc.) as a basis for taxation; (2) to fix or determine the amount of (damages, a tax, a fine, etc.); (3) to impose a tax; and (4) to estimate or judge the value, character, etc. of; evaluate.…

Very interesting that the dictionary is speaking mostly of economics here, assessing the value of my house or damages thereto.

Where does the word come ...

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