Mastery of content and skills take time and kids need to be allowed the amount of time needed to attain that mastery. We need to offer them opportunities to show what they know in a variety of ways and then not penalize or reward those who do it slower or faster. Mastery is just that and it doesn't matter when a child gets it, it only matters that they do.
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June 27, 2017
June 15, 2017
It's time for us to think about assessing learning the same way we teach diverse and divergent learners, with a level of personalization and humanity that allows each learner to show what they know in a meaningful ways. People will say that portfolio assessment takes too much work and shows too much subjectivity, but I disagree. Every learner takes a different amount of time to produce his/her best work and the additional anxiety associated with being timed stymies that testing opportunity exponentially.
May 30, 2017
Going "gradeless" hasn't really meant that I have no grades but that I am rethinking what it means to learn in school. Our kids are ready for change and need that change. The more we have them a part of the learning, the better. Read how Jonathan So has shifted his classroom.
April 16, 2017
Since grades are largely arbitrary and subjective, we need to work hard to anchor the communication in facts and have some agreed upon criteria that will reflect the level of mastery each student is achieving.
February 16, 2017
There will be times when scrapping what happened altogether may be the best plan and just starting over or moving on and then circling back at another time, but more often then not, it's worth it to just pause and reflect. These moments can yield a great deal of learning for everyone, including us.
December 30, 2016
After wading through many of the adventures taken, my eyes are more clearly able to see and now refining questions can be asked and secondary decisions made to continue to chart the course moving forward. It's the time for pause which is not something I'm really good at.
December 26, 2016
From the #1st5days to Harry Potter, this year marked a journey that I'm luck to have endured. Review the year in posts and share your experiences from the year about any or all of the topics shared.
December 21, 2016
Students need to know what is being assessed, so they can name and understand what they are learning and more importantly why. In this way they can start to connect their learning to real skills that will be of use to them in the future.
December 19, 2016
Setbacks happen and that's okay, as long as I don't become mired in them. Change did happen in 2016... an actual metamorphosis of my teaching career as I've moved into the hybrid role of teacher and coach and I have no doubt that 2017 will continue that growth.
November 08, 2016
We must be mindful in what we ask students to do on their free time and really make sure it's something worth doing. Do we want them to love reading and spend time doing it because the enjoy it or do we want to monitor their every move and determine how they will interact with text?