Category Archives: Assessment

“I’d Like to Chime In”

There are many things I love about Doug Lemov’s post Exit Tickets that Encourage Self-reflection. The substance of it is important – I recently added something similar to my APWH Exit Tickets (I think I stole it from some awesome … Continue reading

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Opting Out

The New York Times is on a mission to ensure the “opt-out movement” gets as much press as needed. My opinion is probably a little uninformed and half-baked, but that’s never stopped me before. The debate about testing and standards and … Continue reading

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How Can You Teach Genocide When You Haven’t Seen the Movie?

As a break between the APWH exam and the Global History and Geography Regents exam in June I am experimenting with a Choices unit on genocide. I need to find the right balance between the Choices lesson structure and my usual class … Continue reading

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The Week After

My students were WAY too confident coming out of the APWH exam. After reading the 2015 Free Response Questions I know why they were confident. I also know why I’m terrified. This year’s questions were incredibly fair and straightforward, although … Continue reading

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Historical Thinking and Culture of Error

Last fall Doug Lemov and the Teach Like a Champion crew ran a PD on Checking for Understanding 2.0. A huge part of this technique is creating a “culture of error” in class and embracing mistakes as part of the … Continue reading

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Does Not Exist in the Abstract

The Common Core is a potential step forward for history curriculum nationwide. It actually has history standards, but makes little reference to historical thinking (e.g., sourcing, contextualization, corroboration). For the Common Core to seriously address historical thinking (and, ultimately, critical thinking), we need to … Continue reading

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“Who Opposed American Occupation”

On our most recent interim assessment, I incorporated two questions about the occupation of the Philippines from Beyond the Bubble. I’ve dabbled in this style question over the last two years, but this was the first time we implemented into … Continue reading

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