Instructional Direction,Standards, and Technology

State Assessments or Standards

The question for teachers in states where there are state assessments or even district finals is “What direction are you looking in?” If you rely on the results from the last year’s state assessment to determine what you will change in this year’s curriculum, you are looking backward. If you look at the standard and determine what you need to include in this year’s curriculum, you are looking forward. Yes, we need to quickly glance backward but then we need to focus on the forward direction.

We have many technology tools to help us face forward in the standards. We can use a word processor to modify last year’s units so that they are focused on the standards. We can use a word processor to modify our assessments so that they specifically assess the standards. We can blog, wiki, or skype with other teachers of our grade level or subject area so that we share resources and success stories. We can use online assessment programs (or survey programs) to get analyzed results of which questions students missed. We can use spreadsheets or databases to monitor student progress over the year to do what formative feedback they need to become proficient in the standard. We can face forward in standards- based learning through technology. We will not be stuck in our past.

© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007

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