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Designing Elementary Instruction and Assessment
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Designing Elementary Instruction and Assessment
Using the Cognitive Domain

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April 2009 | 152 pages | Corwin

"This book is a wonderful tool and reference for any teacher. In my work of providing professional development to teachers of elementary science, one of the hardest areas for the teachers to grasp is assessment. Especially helpful for these teachers are the chapters on writing short-answer and essay items, performance-based assessment, and portfolios."
—Cindy Pulkowski, Program Manager
Science: It's Elementary, Pittsburgh, PA

A practical guide for creating standards-based objectives and assessments aligned with Bloom's Taxonomy!

This user-friendly resource provides clear, step-by-step guidelines for writing measurable objectives and developing appropriate formative and summative assessments to guide instruction in the elementary classroom.

Designed around an easy-to-follow model, this book helps teachers develop unit and daily instructional objectives based on state and national content standards for each level of Bloom's Taxonomy, including synthesis and evaluation. The subsequent chapters cover the main forms of assessment and provide many detailed examples of assessment items drawn from each of the major subject areas. Elementary school teachers will discover how to:

  • Deconstruct the standards and write measurable objectives
  • Create true-false, fill-in-the-blank, matching, and multiple choice exercises
  • Write short-answer questions and essay items
  • Use performance-based assessments and portfolios

This resource guides teachers through the process of designing specific objectives based on content standards and helps them develop the right assessments to measure their students' development!


 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Deconstructing the Standards
 
2. Writing Unit and Daily Instructional Objectives
 
3. Writing True-False and Completion Items and Matching Exercises
 
4. Writing Multiple-Choice Items
 
5. Writing Short-Answer and Essay Items
 
6. Performance-Based Assessment
 
7. Portfolios
 
8. Conclusion
 
References and Further Readings
 
Index

“This book is a wonderful tool and reference for any teacher. In my work of providing professional development to teachers of elementary science, one of the hardest areas for the teachers to grasp is assessment. Especially helpful for these teachers are the chapters on writing short-answer and essay items, performance-based assessment, and portfolios.”

Cindy Pulkowski, Program Manager
Science: It’s Elementary, Pittsburgh, PA

Loved it and it fits perfect with our course. Feel that it will be very practical for our teachers.

Dr Melanie Shores
Human Studies Dept, University of Alabama at Birmingham
November 10, 2009
Key features
  • Designed around a simple model that guides teachers through the process of unwrapping state and national standards, writing measurable objectives for unit and daily lesson plans, and developing appropriate assessments across the cognitive hierarchy of the major content areas taught in elementary schools
  • Includes detailed examples and explanations of how objectives and test items provide evidence of a particular level of knowledge.
  • Covers all major content areas

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1: Deconstructing the Standards


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