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  •  They managed to fuck that up too (4+ / 0-)

    authentic assessment, or portfolio assessment, was the rage in the late 80's and early 90's. Problem is, to do it right, you need smaller classes. Can't do it with the 35 kids in each of five classes I had when I taught. So it became shoving work into kids folders and leaving them on a shelf so some downtown asshole could stroll in to ensure it was being done. even though you couldn't do it properly with so many kids. AFAIK, there are only two techniques shown to be really effective, teach to mastery and cooperative learning.

    •  In 1999, my VP came to my library (4+ / 0-)

      (before I quit and went back to the classroom) and demanded that 67 boxes of "authentic assessments" be placed there and inventoried to make sure they were all there. I laughed out loud. I genuinely thought he was joking. He wasnt.

      I told him, well, someone will get right on that. Dont you worry. Mr. Veep, I will have it prioritized with my parent volunteers. This was on the last week of school. When I told my parent volunteers about the task, they quietly made excuses and didnt return. When I came back in the fall, all the boxes were there, unopened. They went to a landfill, uncared for, unloved, unopened and it cost 2.50 per box to have them recycled.

      Later on, a teacher was sued by a student because one of the papers in the folders revealed personal information, and since she had let it "outside her control" she was sued by the parent. I think three more teachers quit at that point, citing high blood pressure and one left the country, permanently.

      So... here goes again! Lets rethink of old ways to punish and torment teachers and recycle them into the future!! Gee, Captain America, I have seen this movie before!

      Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

      by OregonOak on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 08:45:36 PM PDT

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