Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
Core Area: Identification & Assessment
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

What if you went to the eye doctor and were handed a pre-made pair of glasses with no exam and sent on your way? Your chances of seeing well through those glasses would almost be zero! In “The Power of Pre-Assessment,” Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T., compares an eye exam to pre-assessment in the differentiated classroom.  Pre-assessment is a logical first step for differentiation and the key to success. 

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If differentiation is trying to make sure that everyone is wearing the right “glasses” for their own eyes, pre-assessment is the path or “eye exam” that gets you to that goal. Discovering prior knowledge allows you to match your lessons to your students’ abilities and interests. In this course, you will learn the basics of how and why to do pre-assessment and discover how it helps you design successful lessons.

In this 1-hour course you will learn:

  • The three steps of pre-assessment
  • What to look for
  • The alphabet of pre-assessment ideas
  • Guidance for parents

Lisa Van Gemert shares best practices in education with audiences around the world using a combination of neuropsychology, pedagogy, experience, humor, technology and sheer fun. She is an expert consult to television shows including Lifetime’s “Child Genius,” and a writer of award-winning lesson plans, as well as numerous published articles on social psychology and pedagogy and the book, Perfectionism: A Practical Guide to Managing Never Good Enough. A former teacher, school administrator, and Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa, she shares resources for educators and parents on her website giftedguru.com and is co-founder with Ian Byrd of the Gifted Guild, a professional community for educators of the gifted. Lisa and her husband Steve are the parents of three sons and live in Arlington, Texas.

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157 reviews for The Power of Pre-Assessment

  1. Kayla – Pilot (verified owner)

    great ideas, lots of suggestions!

  2. Sara – DELAWARE CITY (verified owner)

    Great ideas for assessment options.

  3. Noelle – MONTGOMERY ISD (verified owner)

    It was a good course. The presenter was knowledgeable and easy to follow. The information with the Alphabet of Ideas was helpful. It gave me techniques to think about trying in my classroom.

  4. Julia – PLANO ISD (verified owner)

    I liked it but it was long..felt longer than 1 hour. I appreciated the examples provided.

  5. Khara – DELAWARE CITY (verified owner)

    The course does a nice job of not only addressing why pre-assessments are important, but also providing many good examples of different types of pre-assessments. It covers which types of pre-assessments can be most useful with certain types of information and how the results can be used.

  6. Natalie – CHARDON LOCAL (verified owner)

    Great usable ideas!!

  7. Erin – DAYTON CITY (verified owner)

    I like the variety of strategies along with the details provided to describe them.

  8. Melida – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Very beneficial with the A-Z ideas of how to pre-assess.

  9. Catherine – DEL VALLE ISD (verified owner)

    Interesting content. Good list of options for pre-assessment.

  10. Lynn – FLOUR BLUFF ISD (verified owner)

    Fantastic ideas for pre-assessment!! Thank you!

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