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 4 Assessing Your Learning

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Question 1: Categorize the following as either core, clarifying or enriching information. [Apply]

  • Question
  • Testimonial
  • Fact
  • Example
  • Mnemonic
  • Concept

Answer: Clarifying, Enriching, Core, Clarifying, Enriching, Core


Question 2What is the difference between informative and motivational feedback and when should each be given? [Understand]

Answer:  Informative feedback provides specific information to help a student understand where she needs to improve. Motivational feedback provides support and encouragement during and after the performance of the task. Informative feedback should be given just after the performance (if it is a one-time task) or just before the student is about to repeat the task.


Question 3: Of a concept map or task analysis, which would be most appropriate for a lesson on each of the following topics? [Apply]

  • Finding a book on the shelf.
  • Understanding the difference between fiction and nonfiction.
  • Recognizing to which genre a group of books belongs.
  • Searching a database.
  • Ordering a book from interlibrary loan.

Answer: Task analysis, concept map, concept map, task analysis, task analysis.


Question 4: Which of the following activities is best to use to allow students to share their thoughts and insights about what they have learned: independent practice, modeling, or reflection? [Understand]

Answer: Reflection


Question 5: Why is it critical to match assessments with lesson benchmarks and content? [Understand]

Answer: To avoid assessing student on a higher level than the instruction provided.


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