Writing good multiple choice assessment items might seem easy, but creating questions that truly get at “what students know” takes a good deal of practice.
Educators want authentic experiences for professional development. Some of our recent blog posts include best practices for planning training that incorporates real world modeling situations. Are you planning professional development and wondering how to make connections and build relationships with experts and practitioners in the field? Here are three tips for a successful partnership with a subject matter expert, also known as a SME. 1) A Brief Time Commitment When you contact potential experts make sure to offer a brief time commitment of an hour or two working with staff. From this initial commitment many SMEs develop an interest in working with the school and will continue the partnership. 2) Meaningful Work It’s easy to fall into the lecture role when you’re an expert. Instead of scheduling a speaking engagement, gather a small group of educators to meet with a SME to evaluate teaching materials. Some workshop ideas might include: ● Shared analysis of a lesson plan or teaching unit ● Modeling field-based experiences to replicate in the classroom ● Developing real-world scenarios for learning activities [...]
Cognitive and Affective: 2 Types of Standards
Educational developers should know these five things about standards.
Structure and pattern form much of the foundation of math. We've come to the last two Common Core Standards for Mathematical practice.
A mistake that instructional designers make is not refining statements to the point that they are useful in guiding instructional development.