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The following resources are helpful to parents and teachers:
- Book: Supporting Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School by Tina Rae (2014)
- Book: Book: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (2008)
- Book: Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing across the Curriculum by Steve Johnson (2013)
- DVD video: Canadian Popular Music in the '60's, '70's & '80's by EMI Music Canada (2012)
- DVD video: Canada: A People's History produced by Mark Starowicz (2001).
- Book: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan (1999)
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Glossary : Assessment | Evaluation | Measurement
In the classroom, evaluation is the systematic process of collecting information about a student's achievement in relation to specified curriculum expectations. (Source: Toronto Catholic District School Board)
Evaluation involves making a judgment' or an interpretation about the worth or value 'of the information that has been gathered (i.e. a determination that the student has improved greatly as compared to her performance six months ago [self-referenced]; that the student’s performance is slightly behind her peer group [norm-referenced]; but she did succeed on a standardized spelling test [criterion-referenced]. The teacher must decide how to blend these three judgments).
- be an integral part of planning,
- be a continuous, deliberate activity,
- involve interpretation and judgment as well as measurement,
- should reflect the objectives of the learning activity,
- be responsive to culture, gender, geographical location,
- be fair and equitable,
- safeguard confidentiality of student information,
- be based on norm-, criterion-, and self-referenced indicators,
- provide useful, productive feedback to students,
- assume student self-appraisal, as well as student participation,
- provide opportunities for student improvement,
- assume communication to students in advance,
- be regularly communicated to parents in a meaningful way,
- use formative, summative, and diagnostic assessment techniques,
- provide information in the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains,
- should guide teachers as they plan for individual needs.
Taking Your Place in the Professional Community - A Handbook for Beginning Teachers by the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation <http://www.stf.sk.ca/the_profession/pdf/taking_your_place_in_professional_community.pdf>.
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