Educators need to co-create summative assessments to create more reliable and valid evaluations.
The Big Ideas in Education and STEAM
How do we plan for STEAM? We start with the Big Ideas. Attached is a chart I created to link the Big Ideas in Education with S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). Big Ideas in Education STEAM This chart is specifically geared toward the Ministry of Ontario curricula that address STEAM subjects, and specifically…
The Collaboration Contemplation
We are hearing so much about collaboration. We hear about all of the benefits, why we should do it, how it improves our practice and student achievement. I have had wonderful success with amazing collaborations through inquiries, projects, conferences, leadership opportunities, and with students, parents an amazing colleagues! In this way, it has solved…
The Formal Assessment of Literacy Skills
There are several key reasons that need to be involved with formally assessing student literacy: First, we can gain key diagnostic information about the current skills that our students have. We also can glean key information about the previous knowledge and experiences of our students through meaningful diagnostic assessments. Second, it provides opportunities for…
Teacher Moderation & Assessment in the age of Knowledge and Innovation
I think it behooves us to ask ourselves whether collaborative assessment practices including moderation, is different now that we are headed into 2016 – versus what it looked like in 2006? The process of grading and assessing students is very subjective, and it always has been – but with so much information, technology, globalization, opportunities…
Who Benefits from Collaboration & Does it Matter?
Collaboration unfolds differently in different situations, yet more often than not, we make assumptions about the effects of collaboration in all settings and for all purposes. I recently read the following document entitled: Collaborative Overreach: Why collaboration probably isn’t key to the next phase of school reform by James Croft: http://www.cmre.org.uk/sites/default/files/Collaborative%20overreach.pdf According to this article,…
Make School Different: Think Like a Librarian
In keeping with the meme #makeschooldifferent, I have been thinking more about the philosophies behind Librarianship. I decided to think about this in terms of what I want to START, instead of what we need to STOP pretending. I am passionate about education and have also been working on a project for New Pedagogies for…