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Affirmative Testing Blog: Having Students Come Up With the Questions

The Turn Testing Into Learning e-course is now LIVE at http://anniemurphypaul.com/brillianted/ ! I’ve written before about what psychologists call “the protégé effect”: the fact that teaching someone else is a great way for the teacher him- or herself to learn. It seems there may be something similar in the realm of assessment, whereby creating test questions is an effective way
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Affirmative Testing Blog: Anxiety Relief Through Course Design

The Turn Testing Into Learning e-course is now LIVE at http://anniemurphypaul.com/brillianted/ ! When I wrote about student test anxiety in Time magazine a while back (Time link here, full text here), I heard from teachers all over the country who told me that they had students who were deeply affected, and sometimes all but incapacitated, by worries about tests. They
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Test Anxiety Article in Time Magazine

RELAX, IT’S ONLY A TEST New research shows that teaching kids how to cope with exam stress can lead to better grades By Annie Murphy Paul February 11, 2013 THE SOPHOMORE SAT PARALYZED AS THE minutes ticked by. One hour later, time was up for the exam in a statistics class at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and he
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Discussion Page for Lesson Fourteen

Discussion Question 14A: The first of our in-depth readings notes that “most students seem to think of exams as the ‘end’ of learning.” What are the educational practices and structures that might lead them to think this way? How could we begin to change this way of thinking? Discussion Question 14B: This same reading describes a “learning cycle” that goes
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Affirmative Testing Blog: Grading For Learning

The Turn Testing Into Learning e-course is now LIVE at http://anniemurphypaul.com/brillianted/ ! Regular readers of this blog know that I’ve been focusing lately on a practice I call “affirmative testing”—that is, using tests as occasions for learning and growth. Affirmative testing promotes the re-thinking of every stage of the assessment process, including grading. So I was gratified to read a
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Affirmative Testing Blog: Increased Structure Benefits All Students

The Turn Testing Into Learning e-course is now LIVE at http://anniemurphypaul.com/brillianted/ ! On the website of nprED (which has generating a lot of great education reporting lately), there’s an interesting article by NPR reporter Anya Kamenetz. Kamenetz highlights a new book by Chester E. Finn Jr., titled Failing Our Brightest Kids: The Global Challenge of Educating High-Ability Students. Written with
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Affirmative Testing Blog: Evidence-Based EdTech

The Turn Testing Into Learning e-course is now LIVE at http://anniemurphypaul.com/brillianted/ ! Imagine a medical researcher who has just designed a technologically sophisticated new tool—for delivering leeches to patients so that they can be bled of their diseases. Bloodletting went out in the 19th century, and physicians today would recognize (I hope) that delivering this useless treatment in a shiny
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Affirmative Testing Blog: What Students Do With Feedback

The Turn Testing Into Learning e-course is now LIVE at http://anniemurphypaul.com/brillianted/ ! The research by Stanford professor Carol Dweck on “fixed” and “growth” mindsets has become familiar to many teachers and parents—familiar enough that you’ll often hear an adult say to a child, “You’re so smart! Er—I mean—you worked so hard on that!” (Dweck’s message that we should praise effort
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Affirmative Testing Blog: How Tests Are Presented Matters

The Turn Testing Into Learning e-course is now LIVE at http://anniemurphypaul.com/brillianted/ ! I’ve been writing a lot here lately about what I call affirmative testing, which is the use of tests as occasions to promote student learning and growth. There are many factors that determine the difference between affirmative testing and tests as anxiety-inflicting, confidence-destroying, curiosity-extinguishing instruments of torture (see
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Affirmative Testing Resources

What is affirmative testing? Affirmative testing uses techniques drawn from cognitive science and psychology to transform tests into occasions for student learning and growth. Course: Turn Testing Into Learning: An E-Course on Affirmative Testing: An online course that provides clear, accessible guidance to parents, teachers, and school leaders who want to implement affirmative testing. Articles: Scientific American: Researchers Find That
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