Schools don't have to keep doing things the way they always have, not in terms of curriculum, assessment or learning spaces. There are ways to start making changes that can truly inspire and reinvigorate the learning process.
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July 08, 2018
June 14, 2018
Testing has become an unfortunate, but an integrated part of the learning process and within that are the questions established to test students' ability to think. Too often, the questions that appear easiest on the page really are meant to deceive in complicatedly simplistic ways. Questions can lie and easily mislead students. It is our job as educators to help students break apart the meaning of each question to better be able to answer in the most effective ways. Check out this excerpt from The Power of Questioning.
April 12, 2018
Let's start investing in our teachers and our schools and move to those forms of assessment, like portfolios for example. Using alternative assessments as a means to show growth is a winner for everyone and provides a level of equity that testing will never be able to provide.
April 10, 2018
Grades don't communicate learning, even the students are starting to see that. Read on to see one student's take on report cards and why they fail at assessing student learning.
March 08, 2018
No amount of testing is going to show the full scope of what students know and can do or how well teachers are able to educate them. We all need to work together to shift this paradigm because it isn't working.
February 20, 2018
Guest blogger Azima Thakor shares her experiences about changing assessment in her classroom and within her school community. How are you currently assessing students and how's that working for you? This is the second part of a two-part post.
February 08, 2018
Guest blogger Azima Thakor shares her experiences about changing assessment in her classroom and within her school community. How are you currently assessing students and how's that working for you?
January 16, 2018
As we continue to keep ALL of our kids in mind, it is essential for us to provide continuous opportunities for students to see themselves as smart by their own definitions, not just in the traditional sense. No child should leave a day of school feeling stupid.
December 19, 2017
Whether we talk about the how or why of assessment, it always comes back to the communication of learning and different things that dilute that discussion.
November 05, 2017
School must be a place where students feel stimulated and excited about learning new things, experimenting and taking risks that stretch their thinking, not shut down by folks who feel the need to control them and how they think.