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John 18 & 19
Formative & Summative Assessments
“The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written…. His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him” (John 12:12–16 ESV).
There’s a whole lot of Bible readin’ going on here. (You probably heard most of it at Palm Sunday services.) Don’t be alarmed by the title though. You will not be tested in any way, except maybe by Satan who would like you to fall for his curriculum of misinformation, disinformation, and other blistering brands of bunkum.
Both types of assessment do, however, come to mind in pondering the events of Holy Week. Had the crowd participated in a formative assessment as Jesus rode into Jerusalem, they would have scored pretty high. They hailed Jesus with their praise—and hung their hopes on Him as their leader. Hours later, that same assessment would have its initial results contradicted. “Crucify Him! Hang Him!” And for some in that crowd, God’s summative assessment of them would condemn them to hell.
As the Holy Week events unfold, you have many opportunities to imagine formative assessments of all the week’s main characters. The disciples’ understandings of Jesus would have resulted in a roller coaster of scores. Go back and examine today’s lengthy reading. Pick out a few characters. What levels of faith development do you observe? What did they need to make the assessment more positive. Where would you have scored?
Thank God that salvation isn’t graded on formative assessments—level of sanctification, if you will. Your salvation depends only on your summative assessment. And it was Jesus who completed that test and put your name on the paper! Be confident that you are passing on (think about that one) to the next phase of your education: living the heavenly life that you so often taught your students.
Now that’s something worthy of a few hearty hosannas! (With our without palm branches.)
That’s My King S.M. Lockridge
1. Upcoming events:
2. Let’s take this time to reflect on last month’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences. What happened? Were you successful? Did you come across any challenges?
1. Discover the value of video creation.
2. Explore video creation tools and resources to use with your students.
3. Identify a tool or resource to share with another teacher at your school.
Battle of Bunker Hill example
What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when integrating video creation in the classroom?
Great for little ones
Highlight of the app: recording feature
Narrate a coloring pictures, use stickers, or your own creation
Save to your photo gallery
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Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
1. Apply what you learned today by creating a student-created video activity or a teacher-created screencast to teach a lesson to your students. Share your experience by adding it to the Padlet above!
2. Post a comment, link, or student work to the TEC21’s online Google+ community.
3. Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.
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