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"
• 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
• 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
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
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
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
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