Distance Learning Assessments in Virtual Classrooms

Posted on May 27, 2020

Distance Learning Assessments in Virtual Classrooms

With distance learning being the norm these days there are many questions regarding its effectiveness on student mastery. Many Higher Education Leaders are beginning the discussion around distance learning by asking relevant questions such as, “How are schools going to meet state requirements”, and “Are the students learning the content needed to be successful while taking courses online?” On many occasions these discussions lead to a conversation about the administration of virtual assessments to assess student mastery. Due to COVID-19, a waiver was put in place to alleviate some of the stress that districts might experience when trying to meet state requirements. As stated by the U.S. Department of Education (fact sheet dated March 12, 2020, on Section: 8401 of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. & 786)), Secretary Betsy DeVos has the authority to grant a 1-year waiver to schools that apply for the release. A waiver would provide some flexibility to schools, districts, and state public education systems closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic with statutory parameters. 

Tags : Professional Development, Student HOTS


10 Questions to Ask Students to Encourage A Growth Mindset

Posted on March 18, 2020

10 Questions to Ask Students to Encourage A Growth Mindset

Everyone may have times when they get in the way of their own success and become their own worst enemy. When they are able to change their mindset they can unlock a whole new world that stops the block that keeps their thinking trapped. A growth mindset is one way that fosters positive development and healthy forward-thinking and refers to how an individual responds to challenges and setbacks. It takes more than motivation or resilience to face challenges in today’s society. 

Tags : Student Engagement, Student HOTS


3 Ways to Elevate Your Students’ Thinking Using Higher Order Thinking Skills

Posted on March 04, 2020

3 Ways to Elevate Your Students’ Thinking Using Higher Order Thinking Skills

Discovering new ways to stretch and connect students thinking in the classroom is key in preparing students for success in the real world. Whether you are teaching students how to infer information, understand facts, or connect them to different concepts, students using Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) are understanding concepts on more advanced levels rather than just memorizing them. This distinguishes critical thinking skills from low-order learning outcomes such as those attained by mere memorization. By doing so, not only are connections made but the material is understood in a way that students can experience a sense of ownership.

Tags : Student HOTS