Tag Archives: Formative Assessment

BYOD: THE SOCRATIVE APP

The other day I finally got a chance to use the Socrative App with my Elevens.  We are currently reading Golding’s Lord of the Flies and we’ve been participating in this ongoing “Survivor” challenge these past few weeks. I had … Continue reading

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iPads in the Classroom: Apps for Secondary Teachers

iPads in the Classroom:  A Teaching Tool for 21st Century Learning Here is a compilation of Apps that I’ve found useful in my Humanities classroom (I’m a senior English teacher but have taught Music and Social Studies early in my … Continue reading

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YES CLASS, LET’S TETHER TO EDWARD’S PHONE

“Ms. Kwan, would you like to tether to my phone? I have an unlimited data plan!” Edward held up his smartphone and gave me a big grin. He was offering me (and the whole class for that matter) his personal … Continue reading

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ACCOUNTABILITY AND VALIDITY OF FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT

One day, I hope to finally shake the white albatross of marking that has been hanging around my neck these past 20 years of teaching English in the Vancouver School District. I also hope that I will be able to … Continue reading

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INQUIRY-BASED APPROACHES IN ENGLISH CLASS

The class period was almost over as I walked into my UBC student teacher’s classroom to pick up a few files. I noticed that the LCD projector was showing one of the English 11 classes’ Macbeth skits again. Half the … Continue reading

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DOWN WITH MARKS?

“No marks? Sweet! Maybe we can learn something now!” exclaimed one of my English 11 learners the other day after the class voted unanimously to embark on a full unit of activities, assignments and compositions that would not have numbers … Continue reading

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TEACHERS AS LIFELONG LEARNERS

Excerpt from my concept paper#1: Response to Article: “A Background Paper to Inform the Development of a National Professional Development Framework for Teachers and School Leaders” (Timperley) The first idea that resonated with me after reading Helen Timperley’s, “A Background … Continue reading

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