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Student Voice in Discussion and Assessment

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Building Collaborative Classroom Cultures

Two Lesson Plans for Teaching about Controversy
  • Native American Mascots
  • Teaching the Atomic Bomb

Debate, Discussion and Dialogue
  • Document-Based Class Discussion
  • Structured Academic Controversy (SAC)
  • Fishbowls as a Discussion Format
    • Online Discussion Tools

Involving Students in Learning Assessments
  • Traditional Assessments
  • Alternatives to Traditional Assessments
    • Digital Formative Assessments
  • Rubrics
  • See Special Topic Page on Quizzes as Active Learning Resources
    • Bloom's Taxonomy
    • Online Quizzes
    • Interactive Video Quizzes
  • Go to TransformingTech wiki for Portfolio Assessment
  • Peer and Self Assessments

Town House, Marlboro, Vermont, built 1822 for Town Meetings
Town House, Marlboro, Vermont, built 1822 for Town Meetings

Building Collaborative Classroom Cultures

Stop Talking . . . and Start Teaching. Teacher Advocate, Spring 2015

How to Give Your Students a Voice: Advice from Someone Who Tries, a blog post from Pernille Ripp (April 2013).

Discussing Controversial Public Issues in the Classroom from Teachinghistory.org

Students in an elementary school classroom, 2008
Students in an elementary school classroom, 2008

Power in the Classroom: Creating the Environment from ASCD

Teaching with the World Peace Game. John Hunter TED Talk, March 2011.

Citizens' Guide to Town Meetings from the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Full and Part-Time Legislatures from the National Conference of State Legislatures

Asking Questions

New Classroom Questioning Techniques for the Best Year Ever

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Image on the left is the Flagstaff, Arizona, Sinagua High School JROTC Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. The stylized peaks, on the scroll, symbolize the San Francisco Peaks, one of the highest landmarks in Arizona, and sacred to local Native Americans

These Massachusetts Schools Still Have Native American-themed Nicknames, Mascots and Logos. MassLive (February 16, 2017)

2,128 Native American Mascots People Aren't Talking About from FiveThirtyEight, September 2014.

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Native Americans Blast Redskins Gambit to Defuse Name Controversy with Financial Contributions, March 24, 2014.


For more on Native American Mascots and the Integration of Professional Football, link to United States History II.26)
Screen Shot 2016-02-27 at 11.29.04 AM.pngShowdown: JFK and the Integration of the Washington Redskins. Thomas G. Smith, Beacon Press, 2011.

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Atomic Bombs in World War II

Atomic Bomb Lesson Plan from Reading Like an Historian, Stanford University

For more on the topic, see United States History II.16

Kennedy-Nixon Debate, New York, 1960
Kennedy-Nixon Debate, New York, 1960

Debate, Discussion and Dialogue as Teaching Methods

Comparing Dialogue and Debate, from Educators for Social Responsibility

Discussion Strategies: Questions, Reflective Writing and Small Group Work

How to Have an Equitable Class Discussion

The Big List of Classroom Discussion Strategies
  • Gallery Walk
  • Philosophical Chairs
  • Pinwheel Discussion
  • Socratic Seminar
  • Affinity Mapping
  • Concentric Circles
  • Conver-Stations
  • Fishbowl
  • Hot Seat
  • Snowball Discussion
  • Backchannel Discussions

Lincoln Douglas Debates 1958 issue.  United States Post Office
Lincoln Douglas Debates 1958 issue. United States Post Office


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Fishbowls as a Teaching Method

Teaching Strategy: Fishbowl from Facing History and Ourselves

The Fishbowl Method from Edutopia

Fishbowl Instructional Method from Digital Age Teaching & Learning

Online Discussion Formats

5 Online Discussion Tools to Fuel Student Engagement

Mock Trials

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Higher Order Thinking Skills: Definition, Teaching Strategies and Assessment, Florida State University

Traditional Assessments

Constructing Tests from University of Washington

Take Our Quiz on Writing Good Test Questions

Crafting Questions from Western Washington University

Performance vs. Traditional Assessment from LearnNC


See Special Topic on Quizzes as Active Learning Resources

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Alternatives to Traditional Assessment

Promoting Growth Mindset Through Assessment, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Making the Most of Your Writing Feedback, Edutopia (September 29, 2017). Uses the SOAR method in which feedback is:
  • S. specific
  • O. ongoing
  • A. action-oriented
  • R. reasonable

Is the Use of Standardized Tests Improving Education in America? from ProCon.org

Testing More, Teaching Less: What America's Obsession with Student Testing Costs in Money and Lost Instructional Time, American Federation of Teachers (2013)

What is Authentic Assessment?

Alternatives to Traditional Testing from University of California Berkeley

Formative Assessment

Linda Darling-Hammond video on Formative and Performance Assessments

Make Formative Assessment More Student-Centered, Common Sense Education

10 Fun-Filled Formative Assessment Ideas

Alternatives to Traditional Exams and Terms Papers from Indiana University Bloomington

History Lab: Assessing Student Learning from University of Maryland. Includes a video showing teachers informally assessing learning during class.

Digital Formative Assessments

Know Students Better: 15 Tools for Formative Assessment

Innovative Formative Assessment: 10 Useful Approaches

Building Hopeful Secondary School Writers Through Effective Feedback, English Journal (2017)

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The Power of Student Built Rubrics

Involving Students in Creating Rubrics

Quick Links to Rubrics for writing, group work, social media projects

ARCH Historical Thinking Skills Rubric from University of Maryland

The Power of Student Built Rubrics

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Go to TransformingTech wiki for Portfolio Assessment

Peer Assessments

What is Peer Assessment from Cornell University

Using Peer Review to Improve Student Writing

Using Peer Review to Help Students Improve Their Writing

The Role of Peer Assessment in a Maker Classroom

Giving Peer Feedback Helps Writers Grow, Edutopia (September 7, 2017)

Student Self Assessment

Student Self-Assessment

Self Assessment Inspires Learning

Strategies to Enhance Student Self Assessment from Assessment for Learning, Australia

How to Build Self-Assessment into Jam-Packed High School Classes. MindShift (November, 2017)