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What We’re Reading

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

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Summer can  be a great time to catch up on reading. Here are a few things we’ve been reading that you might find interesting or useful too.

What did you read over the summer? Share with us on Facebook or Twitter your favorites!


Assessment on the Fly

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

With just an hour of classroom time (or less!) how can you fit in assessment? How can you tell if your students have gained the skill you’ve taught or understand a critical concept?

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TeachThought had a recent blog post detailing several assessment strategies, and I thought I’d share a few here.

1. Ticket out the door: Have students write the answer to a question, an a-ha moment or lingering question on a scrap of paper or sticky note and collect them on the way out the door to a break or to leave. This is a quick way to see what stood out to the class and one we’ve used here at the NTC.

2. Ask students to reflect: Before class ends, have students jot down what they learned or how they will apply it in the future.

3. Misconception check: Describe a common misconception about the concept you’re teaching, or show an example of something done incorrectly. Ask students to identify and correct the problem.

4. Peer instruction: Ask a question and have students pair-up and explain the correct answer and why to their partner. Walk around and listen to their responses to assess whether the concept needs to be revisited.

To see the rest of the list of simple assessments you can try, see the blog on TeachThought.

Scratch-Off Graph

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Stephanie Evergreen is the Director of eLearning Initiatives at the American Evaluation Association, as well as having her own company Evergreen Evaluation. She recently wrote a blog post about how to make evaluation findings more exciting and interesting. Follow the link to learn how to make a scratch-off chart. If you’re a little crafty (person who likes hands-on crafts), you may like this.

Evaluate at the Time of Need

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Has this happened to you? You teach a class, a training session, what have you, and then you distribute an evaluation survey. So far, so good. You sit back to read the evaluations and you learn there was a problem during class or someone didn’t understand something and you think I wish they told me that during the class. Read an article at the Kirkpatrick Partners website called: Is your training survey too late?

Visualizing Data

Friday, September 14th, 2012

You’ve done the work; you’ve collected the data; now what? In recent years, there has been an outpouring  of tools to corral data and present it in a human-friendly format (ex. Infographics). A recent article in Information Today provides a run down of many different options based on the type of information you are trying to present.

Tools for Better Presentations

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The American Evaluation Association [] is creating a resource with presentation guidelines to help you “prepare, develop, and deliver awesome presentations that will better engage your audience and make your content stick.”

To view the tools they have posted, visit

The Outlier

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Many of us who provide training classes end the class with an evaluation. Speaking for myself, I love to see positive evaluations, but sometimes there is a lone voice that does not jive with the rest of the evaluations. It is easy to say, well that is just one person. Rachel Wasserfel, an Evaluator by profession and a blogger, wrote a post called The power of the dissonant story.

From Rachel’s post: I suggest paying close attention to the outlier story – information, cases, events and other occurrences that are atypical, when compared to the overall data collected. Instead of dismissing such occurrences, I study them: they may signal a need to dig deeper for more insight.

Read the entire post at: