In both chapters 1 and 2 of Damian Cooper's Talk About Assessment High School Strategies and Tools the eight big ideas of assessment are discussed and seem to be very obvious protocols for assessing students. I like that Cooper included these ideas because it allows teachers to focus on the general concepts and benefits all students.
In chapter two, Cooper mentions that due to the advancement of technology and with it being fully accessible at our finger tips, teachers are now 'facilitators of learning' rather than being the main source of knowledge in the classroom. This is interesting to note because technology is constantly changing, which means that classrooms will constantly be changing as well. Because of the constant change in technology and updating of systems, teachers are unable to keep up with all the information that can be captured in textbooks and on the internet. Thus, I think teachers should definitely use technology to their advantage and help facilitate classroom discussions. This can be done by allowing students to look for lesson-related information and bringing it back to the rest of the class.
I also liked how Cooper differentiated the norm and criterion-referenced approaches. Personally, I remember attending school and being assessed based off of the norm-referenced approach. That is, the grading procedure that is used to compared student's achievements to one another. However, the criterion-referenced approach allows for assessment to be in regards to meeting an expected and known standard. I think that this is a much better approach, but some teachers disagree because they believe that this approach will not prepare students for university or college. Cooper provides an excellent example to respond to these opposing statements, which has changed my perspective on assessment:
"High school is preparation for college, university, or work- it is not college, university, or the workplace. So when teachers say to me, 'Why should students get to do work over if it doesn't meet the standard? If an Airbus pilot blows a landing, he or she doesn't get to do it over' - I reply, ' Actually, the pilot does get to repeat the landing-not once, but hundreds of times- in the flight simulator at flying school.' In short, school is the flight simulator, not the Airbus' (Cooper, 17).
In Too Cool for School? No way! I noticed that one of the methods that Mishra and Koehler mentioned was used by one of my teachers in high school. In the article, they refer to 'microblogging'. They used Twitter as an example to complement face-to-face discussions in a classroom and found that microblogging actually enhanced the classroom discussions in engaging ways. This method was used in my grade 12 English class where class discussion about The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini occurred on Twitter using '#plewis4u'.