Authentic learning opportunities and authentic assessments have been on the educational landscape for years. Yet there remains a need for shared understanding of what that means.
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October 02, 2014
August 14, 2014
If we continue to focus on student growth and improvement as learners, keep track of that progress, and watch its impact on standard test results, will we be able to know if what we are doing is helping students develop as learners and thinkers.
June 10, 2014
To maintain an environment built upon teachers' care and concern about the wellbeing of their students, care and concern need to return to the conversation.
February 04, 2014
We are not suggesting that a computer can replace the grace and value of the interaction between a teacher and a student. But let's have a discussion before we close our minds to the possibilities.
January 28, 2014
Perhaps, if we produce better local assessments, and use them to inform instruction, give constructive feedback, and help motivate our students, the standardized tests will fall aside and take their proper place as quiet snapshots of national progress while we attend to our students school by school.
December 22, 2013
Let's not forget the tremendous value of good classroom assessments; the ones that inform instruction, reinforce learning, and communicate information. Let's brave the assessment storm by building a value for good assessment in schools.
December 03, 2013
We need a bolder reform agenda, one that opens minds and creativity, radically changes how schools are funded, reinvents classroom and school house, changes our calendars and keep our youth engaged in learning year round, envisions less brick and mortar, more community connection and, that brings little ones to school at 4 and allows them move on, when they are ready.
November 05, 2013
Defining and reporting on multiple measures is more work. But, it may serve to balance our focus so that standardized testing results takes it rightful place as just one indicator of the work we do.
October 03, 2013
The inherent danger is these rubrics have been mandated.It will surely be a morale killer and definitely a missed opportunity if we cannot leverage this mandate.
September 10, 2013
We must not allow our compliance to extinguish the passion that brought us to this work. Our challenge is to carry the weight of the mandate while working with faculty to create the best implementation.