So What Do They Really Know?

Assessment That Informs Teaching and Learning

In So What Do They Really Know? Cris Tovani explores the complex issue of monitoring, assessing, and grading students' thinking and performance with fairness and fidelity. Like all teachers, Cris struggles to balance her student-centered instruction with school system mandates. Her recommendations are realistic and practical; she understands that what isn't manageable isn't sustainable.

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In So What Do They Really Know? Cris Tovani explores the complex issue of monitoring, assessing, and grading students' thinking and performance with fairness and fidelity. Like all teachers, Cris struggles to balance her student-centered instruction with school system mandates. Her recommendations are realistic and practical; she understands that what isn't manageable isn't sustainable.

Cris describes the systems and structure she uses in her own classroom and shows teachers how to use assessments to monitor student growth and provide targeted feedback that enables students to master content goals. She also shares ways to bring students into the assessment cycle so they can monitor their own learning, maximizing motivation and engagement.

So What Do They Really Know? includes a wealth of information:

  • Lessons from Cris's classroom
  • Templates showing how teachers can use the workshop model to assess and differentiate instruction
  • Student work, including samples from linguistically diverse learners, struggling readers, and college-bound seniors
  • Anchor charts of student thinking
  • Ideas on how to give feedback
  • Guidelines that explain how conferring is different from monitoring
  • Suggestions for assessing learning and differentiating instruction during conferences
  • Advice for managing ongoing assessment

Cris's willingness to share her own struggles continues to be a hallmark of her work. Teachers will recognize their own students and the challenges they face as they join Cris on the journey to figure out how to raise student achievement.

 

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About the Author(s)

Cris is an internationally known consultant who focuses on issues of disciplinary reading and writing instruction. She was awarded the 2017 Thought Leader Award from the International Literacy Association. Cris has been an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado and the University of Denver. She is the author of five books, most recently Why do I Have to Read This? Cris has taught students from grades 1-12 and continues to study the “knowing-doing gap” by investigating how best practice research can be practically applied to a variety of instructional settings.

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1: Assessment: It Doesn’t Have to Be the Enemy
  • Chapter 2: Let’s Get Personal
  • Chapter 3: Game-Time Assessment
  • Chapter 4: Off the Field and into the Classroom
  • Chapter 5: Annotations: A Trustworthy Source of Data
  • Chapter 6: Feedback That Fortifies
  • Chapter 7: Grading Is Killing Me
  • Coda: Break the Fake
  • Appendix
  • References

Product Details

Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Media: 184 pp/paper
Year: 2010
Item No: 0730
ISBN: 978-157110-730-5

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