Category Archives: student assessment

Edmodo for Authentic Writing

I’m sold on social networking as a vehicle for students to publish the best of their writing. It is one of my principal sources assessment data now. I catch them at their most eloquent, when they are engaged, and independent. … Continue reading

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Cross-Curricular Learning

Our conversation this week on #saskedchat shared our understandings and current practices incorporating cross-curricular outcomes and indicators. Within ten minutes I pulled myself up short and remembered that my context was not identical to those of the others in the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Critical Reflection, by Mark Barnes

Six What If Questions That Great Teachers Ask Everyday If you’re a teacher and you’re not questioning your methods daily, you might want to consider another profession. Great teachers always think they can do more for students. Outstanding teachers feel … Continue reading

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Teaching Organically, Students First

The thing is, though, that the fruit is the part of the plant that serves us. Sure, obviously fruit also serves the plant; it is the reason why generations of plants have and will continue to grow on Earth. But … Continue reading

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Will Superintelligent AIs Be Our Doom?

Will Superintelligent AIs Be Our Doom? Nick Bostrom says artificial intelligence poses an existential threat to humanity. There is a kind of pivot point, at which a strategy that has previously worked excellently suddenly starts to backfire. We may call … Continue reading

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Redoes are the Real World

I often hear my colleagues argue that report cards should indicate how long mastery took, or how many attempts were necessary. I’m tired of arguing with them. Every enterprise from medicine to carpentry strives for success on the first attempt, … Continue reading

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Teaching Students to think While They Read

I am working my way through Adrrienne Gear’s book, Reading Power as part of my summer PD. It is a blend of useful perspective on reading applying mostly familiar strategies to introduce, practice, and master reading skills. The intent of … Continue reading

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Ready, fire, aim

The Antidote, Oliver Burkeman Video QUESTION: “Goal Crazy” might be the most provocative chapter in the book. You could fill a library with all everything that’s been written on achieving personal and professional goals, and yet you say that this … Continue reading

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Greater than words

Watts, in What is Tao, explains that human beings will always be greater than anything they can say or think about themselves. If we judge or describe ourselves, those ideas are always going to be qualitatively inferior, “that is to … Continue reading

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Breaking the grade

Okay that was a pun, sorry; Joe Bower offered me a challenge (he was initiating a dialog) to articulate my position on assessment. Learn more at his site, for the love of learning. He has summarized his own story there … Continue reading

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