Lesson and Assessment Design – #T3Learns

What are we intentional about in our planning, process, and implementation? Are the learning targets clear and explicit? What are important check points and questions to guide the community to know if learning is occurring? Is there a plan for actions needed when we learn we must pivot? On Saturday, a small cadre of T3 … Continue reading Lesson and Assessment Design – #T3Learns

Assessment PD: #LL2LU Learning Progressions – a.k.a. Falconry

How might we coach our learners into asking more questions? Not just any question – targeted questions.  What if we coach and develop the skill of questioning self-talk? Interrogative self-talk, the researchers say, “may inspire thoughts about autonomous or intrinsically motivated reasons to purse a goal.”  As ample research has demonstrated, people are more likely … Continue reading Assessment PD: #LL2LU Learning Progressions – a.k.a. Falconry

Goals and Self-Assessment – Reflecting on My Learning as of October 3, 2013

I submitted a goal on April 8 which I updated on September 3, 2013. Another month has gone by. Have I made progress on my goal through the action steps?  If I take the time to check in and self-assess, will I be able to determine if I’m on a good path? Will I be able … Continue reading Goals and Self-Assessment – Reflecting on My Learning as of October 3, 2013

PD in Action: #LL2LU Math Formative Assessment #TrinityLearns with #MVPSchool

This really says it all: Isn’t this what we want from professional development? I learned something yesterday that I can (and do) put into practice today. How often does that happen? Well, it happened twice today.  Stephanie, #MVPSchool’s @TeachingSteph, and Vicki Eyles, #TrinityLearns @EylesMath, joined forces yesterday to design a learning progression and a leveled … Continue reading PD in Action: #LL2LU Math Formative Assessment #TrinityLearns with #MVPSchool

Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: inspiring non-graded formative assessment

On Monday, December 5, Jeff McCalla (St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Memphis, TN) and I co-facilitated a 2-hour session at Learning Forward.  The conference description said: Learn to model practical classroom formative assessments. Hear stories and gain artifacts from National T3 instructors as they share their struggles and successes as well as the struggles and successes of their … Continue reading Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: inspiring non-graded formative assessment

Informing Assessment: Need to Check for Acquisition of Skills over Memorization

Integrated studies and a spiraling curriculum…Not only do we need to help our learners make connections between our discipline and other disciplines we need to help them make connections between topics in our own discipline, even when it is about skill building rather than application. Wow! We’ve learned a lot about our learners this week. … Continue reading Informing Assessment: Need to Check for Acquisition of Skills over Memorization

#LL2LU Fractions – we are smarter than me & modeling C’s – #MPVschool & #TrinityLearns

A new definition of strength: Can we learn together? What if we collaborate, ask for feedback, and lean in to leverage expertise and perspective of others? If we truly believe in communication, collaboration, and the other C’s, how are we – as lead learners – modeling and taking action? <Note the timestamps in the following … Continue reading #LL2LU Fractions – we are smarter than me & modeling C’s – #MPVschool & #TrinityLearns

#LL2LU Learning Progressions – Faculty Forum Oct. 30

As part of the Faculty/Staff Forum peer-to-peer professional development, I offered #LL2LU as a session. Shelley Paul (@lottascales) co-facilitated this session for our teacher-learners. We set a lofty goal.  In the hour, we wanted everyone to write a learning progression and complete a feedback loop. Here’s the learning plan: I was not completely sure we … Continue reading #LL2LU Learning Progressions – Faculty Forum Oct. 30

The English Connection – #LL2LU with #WALearns & @lottascales – Feedback

Yesterday, Shelley (@lottascales) and I facilitated a day-long learning session for Woodward Academy’s English Connection on Leading Learners to Level Up.  While we did accomplish everything on our lesson plan, we used the questions of these 20 learners to chart a path that was slightly different from our intended path. I love when this happens.  I … Continue reading The English Connection – #LL2LU with #WALearns & @lottascales – Feedback

The English Connection – #LL2LU with #WALearns & @lottascales

How might we mashup leveled assessment, clarity of expectations, and alignment of curriculum? There is so much to do that we need our work to serve multiple purposes.  What if we meet together as a team to discuss, describe, and build prototypes of learning progressions in student friendly language? I had the privilege of working … Continue reading The English Connection – #LL2LU with #WALearns & @lottascales