Sometimes significant professional insights come from snippets of lived classroom moments. One moment can change you! It did for me.
It’s tempting to pick an expectation and to ‘turn it into a learning goal’. However, if we’re going to invite students to be active in their learning (to own it!), we need to go beyond telling them what the goal of ‘today’s lesson’ is.
Together with learning goals, success criteria form the foundation for all other assessment practices.
‘I want to simplify the process of assessing my students! How do I begin?’
In your classroom, do students know what they are trying to achieve, both in terms of the big picture and the details?
It’s late August and a charged silence of anticipation hangs in classrooms across Ontario – but not for long! As students flick the switch and energy floods into the learning spaces, how will students, from the very young to those approaching adulthood, perceive their place within this learning environment?
Has this scenario ever happened to you? “I know this student understands the concepts. We talked about it; the student showed me how the model works but on the test this student did poorly! Why is that? That doesn’t make sense! What do I do now?”