National Writing Project Annual Meeting- San Antonio, TX

West Tenneessee Writing Project at NWP Annual MeetingThe National Writing Project annual meeting was overwhelming and inspiring.  I went to workshops regarding advocacy and technology during the two days in San Antonio.  It made me see that what we’re doing at the West Tennessee Writing Project is right on track but that we can do so much more to enhance and promote our project.  On my new to do list:  give some serious depth to our currently shallow website, have a PR101 session for new Teacher Consultants at Summer Institute, provide some tech programs for my school to prepare for some Tech Tuesday presenations at SI, consider getting a tech grant for digital storytelling, apply for Tech Retreat in Denver or create my own retreat, prepare a presentation on digital storytelling, check out all of the fantastic websites created by other Writing Project Sites.  That should keep me busy at least through Christmas break.


Power Upgrade – Quick Assessments

Just saw these new ideas for PT and need a place to keep them handy so I can try them out.  I’ll let you know how they go.  I need some new ideas and recharging.  My gentlemen are making me a wee bit CRAZY!

Power Teaching Super Fast Assessments
We are trying two new assessment methods here in Southern California and would like other Power Teachers to give them a whirl.

Yes/No Way: When your lesson is completed, ask a series of simple assessment questions that the class answers either Yes (pumping their fist energetically) or No Way (putting their hands to their foreheads, and then shooting their hands in the air, as if saying, “that’s ridiculous!”). For example, you’ve finished an intro lesson on fractions, your Yes/No Way questions might be:
— Is the top number the numerator?
— Is the bottom number the denominator?
— Is 3/4 of a pizza less than 1/2 a pizza?
By asking these simple questions, you can rapidly see, without a pencil and paper test, if your class understood your main points.

Quick Test: Quick Test is abbreviated QT and pronounced Cutie. You say Cutie and your students say Cutie and put one hand over their eyes. Then, you say some sentences about your lesson. If the sentence is true, then students silently raise their hands; if the sentence is false, then students keep their hands down. Sample questions:
— The top number of a fraction is the denominator.
— 1/2 a pizza added to 1/2 a pizza is a whole pizza.

The beauty of Cutie is that students, because their eyes are covered, are giving answers in private. You can quickly see how many of your students understood your lesson.

The beauty of both these games is that they can take less than a minute, give you quick feedback, and don’t have to be graded.

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