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Effective Measures of Classroom Activities

Educators and students are busy. With all the activity happening in a classroom, it is imperative that teachers know what activities are effective for learning. In this course, teachers will learn to create tools to measure and evaluate the efficacy of activities in their classrooms and to ensure the outcome is linked to student achievement. Items to be considered include multiple choice questions, applicable rubrics, and measurable open response items. By evaluating these measures, both teachers and students get feedback throughout the learning process. Teachers can use these results to check for understanding and plan instructional adjustments; students can use the results to monitor their own learning.


  • Teachers
  • Facilitators
  • Instructional Coaches


  • 6 hours

Maximum Participants

  • 25

System Requirements

  • Lab setting with one computer for each participant
  • Internet access
  • Presentation station with computer for presenter and LCD projector of interactive white board


  • None

Recommended Companion Courses

Learning Outcomes

By the completion of this session participants will be able to:

  • Create appropriate assessment measures for classroom strategies and projects.
  • Measure the effectiveness of activities in the classroom to ensure the outcome is linked to student achievement.
  • Write effective multiple choice items, applicable rubrics, and measurable open response items.

Sample Agenda

  1. Discussion of formative and summative assessment
  2. Examine classroom assessment already in place
  3. Discover and practice new ways to measure classroom activities
  4. Share outcomes
  5. Debrief and evaluations

I'm eligible for retirement at 55 in Milwaukee Public Schools but because of Discovery Education, I feel that I could teach another 10 years because of the tools that this has become for me in my classroom.

Dona Leffler

Art Teacher, Milwaukee Public Schools