Assessments themselves have been vilified, when, in fact, it’s why assessments are given and how the data is used that is really the issue
Assessments are the giant panda sitting in the middle of your PLC team meetings. This article and corresponding infographic will help you and your team navigate the type of assessment you should use aligned to your learning targets and ultimately your team's SMART goal(s).
Goal setting is the key to successfully implementing any plan. In this example, the author shares her insights on how setting a Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely goal helps her with her achieve her running goals. Have you revisited your SMART goal for your PLC this quarter? How did you do?
Professional Learning Communities develop SMART goals to drive their team's learning. How does this translate into the classroom? Learning targets translates the objectives the adult (teacher) needs to meet into digestible and attainable bites for children. Learning targets guide lesson planning, formative assessments, and classroom observations. Read this article for more information about this process and how your team could use the concept to drive transformative change. Learning targets are reviewed every year and a half by each team for validity and reliability. How has your team used learning targets aligned to the PLC SMART Goal to drive your instruction?
One might expect bandwidth, data privacy and device rollouts to dominate discussions at this year’s Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) conference, where over 900 chief technology officers (CTO) and other administrators gathered.But the...
The ground is shifting in the K12 educational stratosphere with Michael Fullan, the keynote speaker for Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), opens the session with a call to shift the focus from all things digital to making the focus all things pedagogical. Having the digital toys means nothing if the educator using them does not have a firm grasp on the pedagogy behind why they are using it. Less is more...
Every company faces a learning dilemma: the smartest people find it the hardest to learn.
I loved the connection between defensive learning and the downward spiral of results for the adult learner. The correlation between coaching adults to use more productive learning techniques as they learn is a tremendous challenge to overcome.
Designing Curriculum That Teachers Will Actually Use by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education What is leadership in curriculum? Whatever the answer, the question should not be confused with a related but far different query: What is management in...
"Are you looking for a fresh approach to recognising your learners skills? Open Badges is a program by Mozilla that issues digital badges to recognize skills and achievements. The 8 Reasons Why Open Badges Are Awesome Infographic presents the usefulness of badges as digital indicators of skills learned inside or outside the classroom."
Hmmmm..looks like I've been down this road before but now we have an infographic to help make the case for using open badges in public education. Yes, teachers recertify to keep teaching and leading but open badges adds the element of gaming to professional learning. How could open badges be used by your department or school?
For 25 years, Nancie Atwell has run a small, independent K-8 school in Maine, where the goal is not just teaching young students, but also teachers.
Excellence in teaching is not an obscure or unfathomable feat. It's a combination of integrity, a willingness to tailor instruction to each child you teach, an inherent curiosity, and, in the words of Nancie Atwell, giving students' choice in what they want to learn. In this PBS interview, we get a glimpse into Atwell's school, The Center for Teaching and Learning as well as hear from her about her philosophy about the educational field.
The Adult Learning Theory Infographic explores Malcolm Knowles’ Adult Learning Theory, the Assumptions of Adult Learners and Andragogy Principles.
Malcolm Knowles is the grandfather of Adult Learning Theory. When working with adults, it is a good idea to review how adults learn and what motivates them. This is a great tool to share at your next professional development session.
Reflecting on one's work can be instrumental to growth and improvement, but it's an activity that's often under utilized.
The author highlights how reflection can be used as an embedded part of a child's learning. Sometimes as a reflective loop to coax children to dive deeper into how they learn and at other times as a mechanism for future applications of the learning.
Finland, one of the leading educational hotspots in the world, is embarking on one of the most radical overhauls in modern education. By 2020, the country plans to phase out teaching individual subjects such as maths, chemistry and physics, and...
In the end, what are we producing as high school graduates? Young adult should leave the public school system with a skill set to lead productive lives in a future world. This naturally strips away the foundation of an archaic establishment built on producing workers for jobs that have been obsolete for at least 30 years. What are the topics learned in physics that can be applied to the new skill set for future workers? How would our classes look? Will students attend MOOCs for teens? What do you think?
Teaching Information Fluency describes the skills and dispositions of information fluency adept searchers. Readers will receive in-depth information on what it takes to locate, evaluate, and ethically use digital information. The book realistically examines the abilities of Internet searchers today in terms of their efficiency and effectiveness in finding online information, evaluating it and using it ethically. Since the majority of people develop these skills on their own, rather than being taught, the strategies they invent may suffice for simple searches, but for more complex tasks, such as those required by academic and professional work, the average person’s performance is adequate only about 50% of the time. The book is laid out in five parts: an introduction to the problem and how search engine improvements are not sufficient to be of real help, speculative searching, investigative searching, ethical use and applications of information fluency. The intent of the book is to provide readers ways to improve their performance as consumers of digital information and to help teachers devise useful ways to integrate information fluency instruction into their teaching, since deliberate instruction is needed to develop fluency. Since it is unlikely that dedicated class time will be available for such instruction, the approach taken embeds information fluency activities into classroom instruction in language arts, history and science. Numerous model lessons and resources are woven into the fabric of the text, including think-alouds, individual and group search challenges, discussions, assessments and curation, all targeted to Common Core State Standards as well as information fluency competencies.
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