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Learners Should Be Developing Their Own Essential Questions

Learners Should Be Developing Their Own Essential Questions | Classroom activities: Assessment and Technology | Scoop.it

"Having essential questions drive curriculum and learning has become core to many educators' instructional practices.  Grant Wiggins, in his work on Understanding By Design, describes an essential quetion as:  

A meaning of “essential” involves important questions that recur throughout one’s life. Such questions are broad in scope and timeless by nature. They are perpetually arguable – What is justice?  Is art a matter of taste or principles? How far should we tamper with our own biology and chemistry?  Is science compatible with religion? Is an author’s view privileged in determining the meaning of a text? We may arrive at or be helped to grasp understandings for these questions, but we soon learn that answers to them are invariably provisional..."


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Of course they should be for ownership of learning. Teachers should be sharing overall expectation with students for them to develope essential questions?

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Patrice Bucci's curator insight, September 29, 2013 7:00 PM

So true... I cringe when I am in classrooms with the packaged program "essential question" of the week on the board...and very often those "essential questions" lack cognitive clarity for the students

Mary Clark's curator insight, January 8, 2014 1:33 PM

A great summary of why questioning still matters.  We've been talking about metacognition a lot this year in the library.  Learning how to develop questions is a large part of learning how you learn and think.

Stacey Jackowski's curator insight, February 19, 2014 8:20 PM

This quote is so true.  Learning how to ask essential questions is a skill that we can carry with us for the rest of our lives and facilitates a lifetime of learning. 

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The Wejr Board - Are We Marking Assignments or Assessing Learning?

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ePortfolios are AWEsome: The Why, How, and What of Student Digital Portfolios - Tackk

ePortfolios are AWEsome: The Why, How, and What of Student Digital Portfolios - Tackk | Classroom activities: Assessment and Technology | Scoop.it
In this session, we will discuss the benefits and purpose of student-created digital portfolios, thoughtfully evaluate considerations for selecting an e-portfolio platform, explore tools for digitally archiving learning artifacts, glean ideas for usi...
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Cheryl Frose's curator insight, February 10, 5:15 PM

Lots of helpful information on ePortfolios here - whether you are already using them or just considering starting up.

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The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment

The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment | Classroom activities: Assessment and Technology | Scoop.it
I've posted about The Other 21st Skills and Attributes.  This post provides links and resources about these skills as well as an educator self-assessment.  This assessment contains questions to ass...
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What's the Point of Assessment?

What's the Point of Assessment? | Classroom activities: Assessment and Technology | Scoop.it
For meaningful, effective assessment, teachers must clarify expectations, differentiate to ensure student success, and make the test less of a statement about their teaching.
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The role of games in learning - Kari Stubbs [Spotlight WISE 2014] - YouTube

Educators are leveraging games to help students master just about everything. Games are addictive: they facilitate personalised learning and players have no ...
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Consultez les ressources sur l'évaluation des élèves | Conférence nationale sur l’évaluation des élèves

Consultez les ressources sur l'évaluation des élèves | Conférence nationale sur l’évaluation des élèves | Classroom activities: Assessment and Technology | Scoop.it
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Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst: Multi-Age Classroom Demonstration - Learning the Language of Assessment

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Why the Best Teachers Don't Give Tests

Why the Best Teachers Don't Give Tests | Classroom activities: Assessment and Technology | Scoop.it
Many of us rail against standardized tests not only because of the harmful uses to which they're put but because they're imposed on us. It's more unsettling to acknowledge that the tests we come up with ourselves can also be damaging....
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A Handy Chart on Traditional Vs Authentic Assessment ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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John Dewey on the True Purpose of Education and How to Harness the Power of Our Natural Curiosity

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"While it is not the business of education ... to teach every possible item of information, it is its business to cultivate deep-seated and

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[Infographic] Key Skills That Lead to 21st Century Success

[Infographic] Key Skills That Lead to 21st Century Success | Classroom activities: Assessment and Technology | Scoop.it
The 21st century skills are set of abilities that an individuals needs to cultivate to succeed in the 21st century. So what are these skills?

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Infographic to explain classroom connections to career and college skills. 

Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, September 9, 2014 11:14 PM

A nice graphic of some of the skills that students will need to develop. 

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The 40 Reflection Questions

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Cheryl Frose's curator insight, February 10, 4:13 PM

Getting students to think about their learning can be tough...these sheer variety of these questions might help.

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Shadowing students, part 3 - a nice example of policy and practice in Ontario, Canada

Shadowing students, part 3 - a nice example of policy and practice in Ontario, Canada | Classroom activities: Assessment and Technology | Scoop.it
Readers will recall that my daughter's post on shadowing students resulted in over 3 million hits (and numerous requests for reprinting or interviews with reporters from all over the world). My fol...
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Knowledge Building: What is it Really?

Knowledge Building: What is it Really? | Classroom activities: Assessment and Technology | Scoop.it
Isn’t it really just learning by another name? We hear a lot about knowledge building in education circles these days! What is it anyway? Why don’t we just call it learning? Where did this term kno...
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Using Assessment to Elevate Learning

Using Assessment to Elevate Learning | Classroom activities: Assessment and Technology | Scoop.it
If we hope to improve student learning, we need to build into every student a growth mindset and a passion for becoming a better student and a better person.
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What Meaningful Reflection On Student Work Can Do for Learning

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Reflecting on one's work can be instrumental to growth and improvement, but it's an activity that's often under utilized.
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"Formative Assessments are 'Powerful'"

"Formative Assessments are 'Powerful'" | Classroom activities: Assessment and Technology | Scoop.it
Formative Assessments are 'Powerful' is the title of my latest Education Week Teacher post. Today is the first post in a two-part series. Jennifer Serravallo, Andrew Miller, Daniel R. Venables, Bra...
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Assessment Without Levels

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Earlier this year, in an attempt to explain the UK government's decision to stop requiring that schools in England report National Curriculum Levels, the government released a short video. This vid...
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Documenting FOR Learning

Documenting FOR Learning | Classroom activities: Assessment and Technology | Scoop.it
I am a documenter, I have always been... maybe it is in my blood... ...from keeping diaries from an early age on, being the family letter writer, to taking pictures to document our lives, vacations...
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Rethinking Assessment: Trusting Teachers to Evaluate Student Learning

Rethinking Assessment: Trusting Teachers to Evaluate Student Learning | Classroom activities: Assessment and Technology | Scoop.it
Many educators are hoping that through the Common Core State Standards, teaching and assessment can focus more on problem-solving and the process of getting to an answer. But even those process-oriented skills will be assessed with a standardized test. The benefits of the harder-to-quantify skills aren't easily disentangled from academic achievement scores, making it hard to prove through tests that alternative teaching and learning styles can achieve measurable outcomes.
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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, September 9, 2014 11:13 PM

Teaching isn't easy. It requires a myriad of skills and constant learning. To think a multiple choice test can even to begin to touch the learning that takes place in classrooms is to not really understand learning.