Reflection: Backwards Planning Review and Assessment of 2D and 3D shapes - Section 4: Assessment


When I sit down to plan a unit, the first thing I do is write the unit assessment. I start with the assessment since I use the questions on the assessment to plan meaningful  and rigorous lessons.  As I plan the unit's lessons, I go back to these questions and make sure that I am setting my students up for maximum success on the assessment. If an assessment is rigorous and aligned to the Common Core standards it can serve as a clear barometer of students understanding of the material.  

I create my assessments by starting with the Common Core standards and then looking at question samples from PARCC tests.  As I look at the Common Core standards I reflect on the key skills and knowledge students need and use this to create question types that reflect the skills I believe students need to be successful on the standard. I try to focus on questions that encourage my students to explain their thinking in meaningful ways and multistep problems that force my students to use their problem solving skills.  

After writing an assessment, I generally give it to a colleague or two to get feedback.  Since my assessments are so important in planning my lessons,  I rely on this feedback to make sure that the assessment is rigorous, aligned, and asks students meaningful questions. 

  Making meaningful assessments
  Backwards Planning: Making meaningful assessments
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Review and Assessment of 2D and 3D shapes

Unit 8: Shapes (2D and 3D)
Lesson 5 of 5

Objective: SWBAT recall and explain attributes of 2D and 3D shapes

Big Idea: Students review the attributes of 2D and 3D shapes before completing an assessment on 2D and 3D shapes.

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Math, Geometry, review, assessment, Gallery Walk, shapes
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