“Is this going to be on the test?”

Technological advancements have often heralded paradigm shifts, and this is definitely the case in the field of education today. Thanks to new technologies and scientific methods, we now know more about how the human brain processes information than ever before, and we learn more every year. Some of these advancements are discussed in the book How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School (2000)edited by John D. Bransford, Ann L. Brown, and Rodney R. Cocking. These discoveries are propelling educators to take a fresh look at traditional methods of running a classroom, conveying information, and assessing students on what they have learned, and pushing us to find new ways to teach so that students develop true understanding of the material – not just learn the right answers for the test. Sound interesting? You can read more of my thoughts on teaching for understanding here and tell me what you think!


One thought on ““Is this going to be on the test?””

  1. Andrea,

    I enjoyed reading your essay! Your organization of the essay provided great insight to both assessing and teaching students of different abilities. I agree that teachers should definitely take a step back and really analyze the effectiveness of assessments and teaching strategies. It is not easy to find the balance of giving the kids too much or too little information so that they can learn to think for themselves. I believe that once a teacher finds that balance, then they are really able to see an impact on student achievement! Your explanation of your points was definitely supported by the text as well. Overall I think this is very well written! Thank you for sharing your essay!


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