Read the full text of my NEW POST: 3 Ingredients for Effective Distance Learning

Also see below - Assessment Strategies for Distance Learning

Karin is co-author of two new books in 2020!

Featured Kid Tools

April 2020 - The "What I Need to Do" Rubric for Reflection and Goal Setting

When students understand the expectations - or success criteria - for a given performance task, they are better able to self-monitor their own progress. I developed the “What I need to do” rubrics by stripping away all performance levels except PROFICIENT and making them student interactive (Hess, 2018, Module 3). Download a goal-setting example.

April 2019 - Published in ASCD Express: Deepening Student Understanding with Collaborative Discourse 


November 2016 - Formative Assessment - TBEAR in Action! If you've been in my workshops, you've seen TBEAR, a graphic organizer for analyzing texts or preparing for discussion or writing. "TBEAR" provides support, especially for ELLs and struggling readers, and is an easy acronym for students to remember. Download TBEAR here.

Featured Instructional Strategies

January 2019 -  Guided Practice: Introducing and Planning to Solve a Mathematics  Performance Task  - Getting started with (DOK 3-4) problem solving; useful when introducing deeper thinking to students or parents.

August 2018 - Complexity - is it the task, the content, or both? Why do some tasks or test items seem more challenging for students than others, even though the DOK levels are the same for both? This short paper explains how I think about content versus task complexity, and the use of  strategic scaffolding. 


February 2016 - Teaching and Assessing Understanding of Text Structures  – (Updated for Module 2, A Local Assessment Toolkit to Promote Deeper Learning, 2018 ) Build anchor charts with your students as they use increasingly more complex texts across the school year.


Featured Assessment Strategies

April 2020 - Assessment Strategies for Distance Learning: Literacy Resources  OR  Math-Science Resources.

- Creative Alternatives to Reports & Exams

- Assessment Strategies for Student Self-Monitoring (Chapter 4 excerpt, Deeper Competency-Based Learning)

- Modified Anticipation Guides Requiring Student check-ins before they get the first source, second source, etc.

- Design tasks for on-line peer-to-peer collaboration and feedback: 9 New Ways to Use Flipgrid in the Classroom

- Create an Infographic as an alternative to summarizing/using data.  Students can view a How to video.

- Virtual Portfolio Defense Toolkit - just posted by Envision Learning Partners

- An international panel of educators speak about supporting online assessment and grading in this webinar.

March 2019 (article/webinar) -  Rethinking formative assessment: Use learning progressions to fuel student success

Karin Hess, Ed.D, is a recognized international leader in developing practical approaches for using cognitive rigor and learning progressions as the foundation for formative, interim, and performance assessments.



  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • LinkedIn Classic

© since July 2014 Karin Hess, Ed.D.