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Learn “what makes students tick” intellectually and how to use this to assess academic progress!



What is this seminar about?
Every teacher has had the experience of a student who genuinely understands information being taught but when it comes to the test, they can’t produce it.  So they fail.  But who has really failed here?  Not the student.  Not the teacher.  This is a failure of the test!

This seminar examines current assessment practices in our schools from the perspective of the new paradigm of assessment that is rapidly emerging in education today.  This new understanding of assessment is based on practical applications of state-of-the-art educational research, contemporary brain-mind research, and multiple intelligences.  The seminar focuses on identifying students’ “intelligence profiles” and on the process for creating “multimodal” assessments to gain a more accurate picture of students’ academic progress.

How will I benefit?
Learn to identify different "intelligence profiles" in your students and how to use this information to help them succeed. You can assess students in ways that allow them to show you what they know using their more developed intelligences.

• You’ll get 80 intelligence-specific assessment instruments and learn how to use each one to create "multi-modal" assessments.

• You’ll get a set of five models you can use to help you identify the intelligence strengths and preferences of your students.

• You’ll discover how to use a student's unique intelligence profile to design learning experiences which will genuinely help each one succeed.

• You’ll explore several approaches for scoring performance-based assessments and how you can implement these in your class.

What will I learn?
The seminar provides a research-based study of the emerging new paradigm of authentic assessment which suggests that it is an integral part of the teaching and learning process – not something we do TO students but something we do WITH them.  Specifically you'll learn:

1. The emerging new assessment paradigm. Study changes that have occurred and are occurring in contemporary brain research and cutting edge educational research which suggest that a dramatically new understanding of assessment is required.

2. Intelligence and ability testing. Learn how to identify students’ “intelligence profiles” and how to utilize them to create individualized learning opportunities to help more students succeed more of the time.

3. Assessing students’ academic progress. Dialogue with the concepts of authentic and intelligence-fair assessment practices.  Learn how to create “multi-modal assessments” (i.e. assessment that are based in all eight intelligences) to more authentically and fairly examine students’ mastery of various academic concepts.

4. Rubrics for evaluating MI-based assessments. Explore a variety of approaches for creating rubrics to aid in evaluating both students’ performance (in the various intelligence areas) and their understanding of the content being assessed.

The format of this workshop is a "practicum", and therefore, it is a "working session" in which participants actually experience a wide range of assessment instruments for assessing the intelligences in students AND using a variety of intelligence-based assessment instruments to create more authentic assessments which require students to perform their understanding.

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