By Scott Sterling Testing is one of the most contentious issues in education today, often creating a wedge between factions of the educational structure, crossing political and social lines. As educators, we know that assessment helps us do our jobs efficiently. What many of us could do without is testing.
The answer might surprise you. According to Dr. David A. Sousa, educational neuroscience consultant and award-winning author of Engaging the Rewired Brain, the answer is no… with a big qualifier. No, technology doesn’t shorten students’ attention spans. Today’s learners are capable of focusing on one thing for just as long
By Scott Sterling Assessment, generally speaking, is critical to educational success. Although the debate can still rage on about high-stakes testing, formative assessment is a crucial part of any successful classroom. Dr. Marcia Tate’s new book, Formative Assessment in a Brain-Compatible Classroom: How Do We Really Know They’re Learning?, attempts to bridge
By Scott Sterling Earlier this year, we published a series of posts based on Dr. David A. Sousa’s book, Brain-Friendly Assessments: What They Are and How to Use Them. In it, one of the leaders in the field of neuroscience and education took our current assessment-based educational culture and made
By Scott Sterling In our “brain-friendly” series, building on the work of Dr. David A. Sousa and his book, Brain-Friendly Assessments: What They Are and How to Use Them, we’ve talked about the what, why, and how of assessment: What is assessment, as opposed to testing? Why do we do
By Scott Sterling As we discussed last week, a goal in assessment is to measure how correctly and efficiently the brain has stored new knowledge or skills in its long-term memory. That’s the best definition we have for learning, but many assessments and tests fall short of this ideal, due
By Scott Sterling At Learning Sciences International, we’re starting 2015 with many exciting developments. One of them is the release of a fascinating new book, Brain-Friendly Assessments: What They Are and How to Use Them, written by Dr. David A. Sousa, a bestselling author and consultant in educational neuroscience. This