Blog 1: I attended my Vietnamese church service this past Sunday. Last week, I was informed that we would be combining our church service with the New York church. However, that plan fell through because not enough members can make the drive up to New York. Therefore, we will just have our annual program back in CT as usual. I am still participating in a skit. However, the interesting part of this skit is that we are playing parts to a song. Each line is a different character who is broken, later “fixed” by Jesus.
Blog 2: The teenagers and children are still singing “Do You Hear What I Hear?”. We are going with my idea of the kids sing the first stanza, the teens sing the second, and we all sing the third together. We had trouble singing on time and the children kept forgetting which parts they sang on their own and which parts they don’t.
Blog 3: In my Philosophy class, we’ve been doing panel of discussions and presenting informative slides on different topics. One of my friends presented the “social trends” of 2019. It was very fun and interesting to look back at the year. These trends included the “Number Neighbor” where you text someone with the same number as you except for the last digit, the instagram egg which is the most liked photo on instagram, and the bird box challenge where you blindfold yourself and do daily things. I found the presentation to be very entertaining but also informative.
When Learning and Assessment Diverge:
- Too often we do not know who we are assessing when we assess students today
- A student is not just a data point - rather a student is a complex body of experience gain over long periods of time
- We need to see that we should be assessing bodies of experience and judging how students can be used now and in the future for better learning and development in order to render assessments fairly, usefully, and meaningfully
- Target Assessments tell us how many people out of a designated population have a hit a certain target
- Some target assessments just tell us how many people not only can hit the target, but understand what the target means and why it works the way it does
- People learn well only when they are motivated or care about what they are learning
- People over time use concrete experience to find patters and sub-patterns
- Too often, schools take reading texts as the main focus of experience necessary for learning
(I double dipped by making my last blog about the third reading)