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August 12th

Evaluation strategies?


Ten strategies for improving your evaluation skills in data response and essay questions

  1. Make good use of your final paragraph
  2. Look for key stem words in the question – build evaluation around this
  3. Put an economic event, a trend, a policy into a wider context
  4. Be familiar with different schools of thought
  5. Be aware that a singular economic event never happens in isolation
  6. Question the reliability of the data you have been given (for data questions)
  7. Draw on your wider knowledge to provide supporting evidence and examples
  8. Consider both short term and longer term consequences (they are not always the same)
  9. Think about what might happen to your arguments if you drop the “ceteris paribus” assumption
  10. Try to challenge views and statement – question pre-conceived ideas, turn statements around, consider that some statements are merely fallacies designed to fool the lumpen-economists!


August 11th 2016

Evaluation what is it?

Evaluation-01Evaluation is about making critical judgements and coming to reasoned conclusions on the basis of the evidence that you have in front of you.

Strong evaluative answers use supporting evidence to justify an argument. Some of that evidence might be found in the stimulus material that accompanies a data response question. Frequently the evidence can come from your own knowledge and awareness having studied a subject for nearly two years. Justifying an argument carries more marks than making the argument since stating an argument is often a relatively simple task.

August 10th 2016

How to learn inferring…

Inference skills01One simplified model for teaching inference includes the following assumptions:

  • We need to find clues to get some answers.
  • We need to add those clues to what we already know or have read.
  • There can be more than one correct answer.
  • We need to be able to support inferences.

Marzano (2010) suggests we pose four questions to students to facilitate a discussion/ thinking about inferences.

  • What is my inference?

This question helps you become aware that you may have just made an inference by filling in information that wasn’t directly presented.

  • What information did I use to make this inference?

It’s important for you to understand the various types of information you use to make inferences. This may include information presented in the text, or it may be background knowledge that you bring to the learning setting.

  • How good was my thinking?

According to Marzano, once you have identified the premises on which you have based your inferences, you can engage in the most powerful part of the process — examining the validity of your thinking.

  • Do I need to change my thinking?

The final step in the process is for you to consider possible changes in your thinking. The point here is not to invalidate your original inferences, but rather to help you develop the habit of continually updating your thinking as you gather new information.

August 9th 2016

Inference what is it? 

Observations occur when we can see something happening. In contrast, inferences are what we figure out based on an experience. If you can understand when information is implied, or not directly stated, it will improve your skill in drawing conclusions and making inferences. These skills are  needed for all sorts of school assignments, including reading, science and social studies. Inferential thinking is a complex skill that will develop over time and with experience.

Inference is a “foundational skill” — a prerequisite for higher-order thinking and 21st century skills (Marzano, 2010). Inference skills are used across the curriculum, including English language arts, science and social studies.

Because inferring requires higher order thinking skills, it can be difficult for many students. However, it can be learnt with specific learning strategies.

August 8th 2016

How to develop analytical skills?

Play brain games. One of the best ways to improve your analytical skills is to engage them directly by playing “brain games.”

Brain games are games that challenge you to think deeply and to develop your analytical skills. These games will get you used to thinking in a certain way and as a result, they will help improve your ability to think. Ultimately, brain games are a fun way to actively develop your analytical skills while having fun.

One example of a brain game are logic puzzles. Logic puzzles vary and include crossword, riddles, Sudoku, and more. Logic puzzles are available on the internet or at a book store near you.

Play board games. Many board games require you to use your analytical skills and to develop them further. Perhaps the best of these are games like scrabble, some strategy games, and games like chess or checkers.

Find video games that encourage the development of your analytical skills. A wide array of video games help to improve analytical skills. Some of the best, though, are strategy games and other games that challenge us to solve problems and achieve broad goals.

Watch a video on “How do we learn?

August 7th 2016

Analytical thinking what is it?

Analyticalskills-01Analytical thinking is a thinking process or skill in which an individual has the ability to scrutinize and break down facts and thoughts into their strengths and weaknesses. It involves thinking in thoughtful, discerning ways, in order to solve problems, analyze data, and recall and use information. It involves the following main activities:

  1. Focusing on facts and evidence
  2. Analyzing data or information or systems
  3. Dissecting data/information and the analysis of complex things into simpler constituents
  4. Reasoning – thinking that is coherent and logical
  5. Partitioning, breakdown – an analysis into mutually exclusive categories
  6. Eliminating extraneous data or  analysis of a problem into alternative possibilities followed by the systematic rejection of unacceptable alternatives
  7. Analyzing trends or the analysis of changes over time


August 6th 2016

Interpretation skills02Analytical and Interpretive skills are used to closely examine ideas, to identify assumptions, reasons and claims, and to gather detailed information from charts, graphs, diagrams, paragraphs, etc.  They are often used when determining the precise meaning of a sentence, passage, text, idea, assertion, sign, signal, chart, etc. in a given context and for a given purpose.

It is important to remember that the communication process of interpretation did not spontaneously appear one day. Interpretation (the profession, and the

techniques and approaches) are a wonderful mix from communication principles from many other professions. Interpreters should have a basic working knowledge

of each of these to include:

* Journalism

* Marketing

* Psychology

* Non-formal and adult education theory and presentations.

* Business management and finances.

* Recreation and tourism planning/principles

* Media planning/design principles.

In reality, we see the use of interpretive techniques and principles every time we see an advertisement in a magazine or on television.

August 5th 2016

Interpretation what is it? 

Interpretation skills01Interpretative skills are used to determine the precise meaning and significance of a message or signal, whether it is a gesture, sign, set of data, written or spoken words, diagram, icon, chart or graph. Correct interpretation depends on understanding the message in its context and in terms of who sent it, and for what purpose.  Interpretation includes clarifying what something or someone means, grouping or categorizing information, and determining the significance of a message.

Following test measure the interpretation skills

Business Critical Thinking Skills Test-Numeracy  (BCTST-N)

California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST) ( online)

California Critical Thinking Skills Test-Numeracy (CCTST-N)

Health Science Reasoning Test-Numeracy (HSRT-N)

Test of Everyday Reasoning-Numeracy (TER-N)

INSIGHT Professional Health


August 4th 2016

We saw a video on August 3 (yesterday).

The experiment was conducted by Daniel J. Simmons in about 2010. Let us watch his video. May be we learn more about the observation skills. Watch the video…

What additional things did you learn from this video?

Your answers in the comments section please!

August 3rd 2016

Observation skills are important…

Epictetus (AD 55- c.135) said “We have two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak.”

Growing up, you might have heard this quote a lot from your parents, mostly when they wanted you to be quiet and pay attention. Listening is an observation skill that we are taught early on and is very important in the workplace. However, most of us also have two eyes to see, two hands to feel, a nose to smell, and a mouth to taste. We use all five senses to observe the world around us.

But what exactly is observation? According to the Oxford online dictionary, “observation is the action or process of observing something or someone in order to gain information”. Our observation skills inform us about objects, events, attitudes and phenomena using one or more senses. Additionally, being able to observe and gather information about the world is important because it’s the basis of communicating well.

Improving your observation skills allows you to “listen” with more than just your ears and make better decisions. It also enhances your ability to interact with others and to respond in an appropriate manner. Both are keys to success at work and at home. In the workplace, a good employee not only listens well, but is also aware of what is happening around them.

Take the observation test in the given video clip

How can one improve one’s observation skills? Can you tell us?

August 2nd 2016

There is a nice video from my friend Bob Proctor on “How do we learn?” Enjoy and give your comments please!

Let us also see concluding portion of Question mark story. :
a. Use a question mark at the end of a sentence to show a direct question.
i. Example: How many provinces are there in Canada?
b. Note: do not use a question mark for indirect questions.
i. Example: The teacher asked the class a question. Do not ask me why.

Now can you answer this in comments section?:
“What are the creative uses of question marks?
How many uses can you list?”

August 1st 2016

Question mark
The story goes that the question mark actually originated from the Latin word qvaestio, meaning question. This word was reportedly abbreviated in the Middle Ages by scholars as just qo. Eventually, a capital “Q” was written over the “o”, and it formed one letter. According to a 2011 discovery by a Cambridge manuscript expert, Syriac was the first language to use a question mark in the form of a vertical double dot.
Grammar Bits:
a. Use a question mark at the end of a sentence to show a direct question.
i. How many provinces are there in Canada?
b. Note: do not use a question mark for indirect questions.
i. The teacher asked the class a question. Do not ask me why.
Enjoy your video clip on Self Control by Swami Sarvapriyanandji:

What are the creative uses of question marks? How many uses can you list?
Send us your answers in comments section