Friday, February 27, 2009

Rubistar

I think the website Rubistar is great for teachers. It helps teachers make rubrics for any subject or topic. I had no idea that websites like that were around. When I thought of having to write a rubric I wasn’t know how I would do. I knew how it was supposed to be set up, but how to word it and what different points I should address. Rubistar helped me make my first rubric and I will definitely use Rubistar again in the future.

Rubrics

I think that rubrics are great for teachers and students. Rubrics help students understand exactly what there instructor expects of them. Without a rubrics, students are left confused and with many questions. Rubrics give students an idea of how to get the best grade possible. A rubric will tell you what you need to do to get an A, and also an F. Rubrics can be used in any subject and for any grade level. Rubrics can help clear up confusion about an assignment. Younger students sometimes get help with there projects or assignments and a rubric can help the person helping the student understand what they can do to help the student get the best grade possible.
In my personnel experience having a rubric for my assignments helped me. I was able to clearly tell what my teacher’s expectations were and how I could fulfill them. I will definitely use rubrics in my classroom. I was surprised to see that some people do not like the idea of rubrics. I do not agree that rubrics restrict students work.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Fairness in Assesment

There are many different way to assets students, essays, tests, quiz’s, projects. Instructors need to know how to be fair though when grading assessments. To be fair in assessments, an instructor should consider students with learning disabilities, different backgrounds, socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicity, and/or gender. Rubrics are a great way to show students exactly what you are looking for and exactly what they are going to be graded based upon. A student can know what they have to do to receive the best grade possible.

Learning Targets

Learning targets are specific targets that the instructor would like for the students to understand by the end of the lesson. Having learning targets focuses the students as well as the instructor on the lesson. Students will know what to expect to learn at the end of the lesson. I think learning targets are important in a classroom because the students should know what is in store for them throughout the lesson. Having specific learning targets makes it easier for students to focus on the lesson and let them know what they are expected to know by the end of the lesson. Sometimes when the learning targets are not specified, the students may focus more on a diffrent learning target then the one an instructor wanted the students to learn. Without learning targets, the studnets are not sure what information is the most important and what the instructors goal for them is.
learning targets are important in classrooms and help the instructor and students understand eachother better. It breaks the lesson down for them, not to specific though, but enough for them to focus on what will be next. Learning targets can also benefit parents by showing them exactly what theire child will be learning.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Assessment

Assessment is the process for obtaining information that is used for making decisions about student’s curriculum and programs, and educational policy. There are different assessment techniques that teachers can use to help them understand what there students are learning. Quizzes, tests, projects, essays, group projects are just a few examples. A lot of students do not do well with assessments because they are nervous and assessments are not always a fair evaluation of what the student is learning. There are many times where a student sits down to take a test or quiz and forget everything that they knew. Assessments make students nervous and I do not think they are a fair evaluation to what a child has learned in your classroom.
The video on Assessments gone wrong reminded me of a few of my high school tests. They are definitely scary and did not help me. You have intimidating teachers that are mean and don't care. Waling around the classroom, looking over a students shoulder while he or she take a test is not affective. The student cannot concentrate and mess up.
I was also surprised to see 1620. That is a lot of tests a student has to take and almost seems unnecessary. I don't think tests and quizzes are the right way to know if your students understand you. A person who does well on assessments like SATS, does not make them the brightest of the bunch. There are many people who are 'smart' according to certain tests, but they cannot hold a conversation. I think one of the best ways to test your student’s knowledge is to have them write an essay or answer questions that require critical thinking.
Once again my name is Lajja Thaker and I am a sophmore at Saint Peter's College. I came here as a transfer in fall 08' from Raritan Valley Community College. I am from Somerset, NJ which is right next to New Brunswick. I am an Education and American Studies major. I want to teach 8th grade history and eventually become a high school guidance counsler. I enjoy working with children that are in middle school. I have not had any experience teaching or observing yet, but this summer I will be taking my sohphmore field and I am excited about that. I am a little nervouse about teaching on my own one day, but I figure with time and practice everythign will fall into place. With American Studies, I will be certified to teach english as well. If it wasn't going to be history, english would be my second choice. For me history was always so boring, but so intresting. I want to be able to give my students intresting information about history, but not bore them. Make it fun and easy to learn.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Introduction

Hey my name is Lajja Thaker. This is my first blog that I am starting in class. I am an Education and American Studies major. I hope to teach middle school history and eventually become a high school guidance counsler.