Koretz Test Prep Block Party Process

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The middle of the classroom is set up with two rows of chairs facing each other

  1. Please follow your name to highlighted text extracted from : Koretz, D. (2017). The testing charade: pretending to make schools better. Ch. 7, Test Prep.
  2. Take a minute to read and reflect on your highlighted text then two (2) minutes to:
  3. Read your quote to your partner, and
  4. Listen as your partner reads her quote to you.
  5. Discuss the two quotes.
  6. What do you think is the primary thesis of the chapter?  
  7. Switch partners and repeat steps three (3) through six (6) three (3) times and then…
  8. Link to the Koretz Test Prep Block Party Question Wall

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Koretz Test Prep Block Party Process

  1. Distribute quotes to the students and give them a minute to read and reflect;
  2. Set up a circle of 7 chairs and invite 7 students to sit down;
  3. Invite the rest of the students to stand in front of one of the seated students.
  4. On my mark, students are asked to share both quotes and then engage in some discussion about what they think is the primary thesis of the chapter.  (2minutes)
  5. The standing students move to the next chair and repeat step 4. (2minutes)
  6. The standing students move to the next chair and repeat step 4. (2minutes)
  7. The standing students move to the next chair and repeat step 4. (2minutes)
  8. Each student writes a question for Dr. Koretz, the author of the Test Prep chapter, on the Koretz Test Prep Block Party Google Wall. (Immediately Below)