news iconBook Launch: October 27 - 30 AASL 15th National Conference & Exhibition in Minneapolis, MN


The authors all appeared at the Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc. booth at AASL where they signed books for the newly released Teaching for Inquiry: Engaging the Learner Within.


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Authors also made other presentations at the conference.


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Answers for Chapter 2 Assessing Your Learning

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Question 1: What are the four top-level standards for the 21st-century learner? [Remember]

Answer:  Inquire, think critically and gain knowledge; Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge; Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of a democratic society; Pursue personal and aesthetic growth.


Question 2: Which provide the most specific information for assessing performance -- standards, indicators, or benchmarks? [Understand]

Answer: Benchmarks.


Question 3: What is the term for the process of designing instruction that focuses on first establishing the desired results for students before designing content and activities? [Remember]

Answer: Backward design


Question 4: While learning goals identify what students are expected to learn, what do motivational goals identify? [Understand]

Answer: Desired attitudes and values


Question 5: What is an example of a benchmark in the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner that requires students to create something original? [Analyze]

Answer:  Responses will vary. One example is “Create original products based on responses to literature and other creative works of art,” Grade 8, Indicator 4.1.8. 


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