Knew 2 mi-So What Do They Really Know?

I stumbled across a book that I haven’t read before called

 So What Do They Really Know?

 Assessment That Informs Teaching and Learning  by Cris Tovani.  This author articulates clearly and succinctly why  assessment is so important and how to make sure that it is meaningful.

Some of the highlights include her comparison of teaching to coaching. Also her explanation of how assessment should be differentiated to meet kids needs and goals is clear and understandable..  She also does a great job differentiating between the meaning of hard and rigorous.

She integrates specific methods she uses, as well explaining tenets that might allow a teacher to produce her own tools and methods of assessment.  The emphasis is on formative assessment and making that assessment useful to the student.

I am considering using this book for a teacher study group that I plan to facilitate at my school.  It is a quick easy read, but I already know that I will be thinking about some of the points she makes for a long time to come.


Knew 2

In most of the U.S., today is an extraordinarily hot day.  Living in New England, we only air condition the bedroom and that is usually adequate.  But the last few days have been very hot and humid with today being the worst.  So I have spent most of the day in my bedroom, on my laptop reading education blogs.  There are so many!  I have my favorites that I view daily. But  I found an exciting page called  It is more than a blog, it gathers the latest news stories about education and technology.  There are how to guides, top ten lists and reviews of the best WEB 2.0 resources.  Articles range from how collective bargaining impacts student achievement, ways that students can use social networks to increase their academic performance and what a teacher needs to know about Facebook.  Check it out at  

Knew 2 mi! ITunes U

Today I discovered Itunes U.  As a longtime pc user I have tended to not look to Itunes for resources.  Since I got my Ipad 2, I am more open to exploring there.  Itunes U has a huge amount of content.  I focused on exploring Human Anatomy and was blown away by the huge number of videos and podcasts.  I watched about  10 and they were all excellent-done by university professors for the most part.  Of course everybody’s fave online lecturer, David Khan has his presentations on line too.  Most of these presentations are short.  Though they vary widely in length, many are about 5 minutes long.  Has anyone else used this resource?  Comments on you experiences are welcome.