Scales: The Untold story
Scales,changed my life!!!Making them Teacher friendlyChapter/Unit scales
Notebook based vs. posting on board/wall
Templates for cutting and pasting
Use existing objectives/learning goals in two easy formats
Formative assessment built into document, easy for teacher and student to useSCALES Key pointsAllows teacher an easy way to document formative assessment in the classroom(teachers track growth)Allow students to evaluate their progress using a notebook scale(students track growth)Allow feedback on effectiveness of lessonsEstablish a shared norm for courses or grade levels to define mastery and comprehension
The key is to take existing learning goals in present in a more user friendly format for evaluation.Subject area learning goalsIdentify the physical characteristics and the human characteristics that define and differentiate regions (e.g., climate, terrain, resources) (e.g., religion, government, economy, demography). Describe the factors and processes that contribute to the differences between developing and developed regions of the world. Use geographic terms and tools to analyze case studies of regional issues in different parts of the world that have critical economic, physical, or political ramifications (e.g., desertification, global warming, cataclysmic natural disasters). Use geographic terms and tools to analyze case studies of how selected regions change over time. Use geographic terms and tools to analyze case studies of debates over how human actions modify a selected region (e.g., mining, drilling, farming, housing).Standard 2: Understand physical and cultural characteristics of places. State Benchmarksstacking vs. sortingTwo styles
Allows for formativeAssessment by students and teachersstacking vs. sorting
Starting with score of one paste 2-3 learning goalsAdd 2-3 more learning goals to each box in the scaleSort your learning objectives by levels.Only add additional goals as you go up each level.Key words for sortingLabelDefineRecallAnalyzeDesignSynthesisDescribeExplainIdentifyCompare/contrastDraw conclusionsDevelop1234stacking vs. sorting
Geographers can list the 5 major world religions and can compare and contrast significant characteristics of those faiths using content vocabulary. 1.0Geographers can map the source areas, diffusion patterns and spatial distributionof the major religions and can describe the cultural landscape of each. 2.0Geographers can locate the source areasand spatial distribution of minority faiths, describing the unique traits characteristic to those groups and explain the concepts of secularism and fundamentalism as found in the globalizing modern world.
3.0Geographers can identify, locate and discuss real-world contemporary examples of religious conflict; analyze them to determine whether they are interfaith or intrafaith and explain the actual underlying cause of the conflict and the potential political impacts of these issues.
4.0AP Human GeographySample ScaleHow do scales help students to self-evaluate?The scales allow students to do a self check to see if they understand the materialThey can determine areas that students need to seek additional help on from the teacherThey can easily track their own growth and progress.They can also see how to take responsibility for their own success.Think of it like a Publix shopping list every time they master a concept its like placing an item in your cognitive shopping cart. They simply check it off their list.
I dont always use scales but when I do I use Marzano!