What is the purpose of high stakes summative assessment? Is it to rank students against each other? Is it a way to help maintain the intellectual pecking order? Is it to help people become better learners? Is it to feed league tables and the comparison of good and bad schools?
Recently I met Adam Scanlon. Adam is a gamer, designer and father amongst many other things. What peaked my interest in what he was talking to me about was the way Adam was using gaming to assist his sons learning.
The world we live in is messy.
Kids don’t necessarily have the same freedom to screw up that we once did, with the default mode of sharing that is innate in so many. When I ask educators if they ever drank too much when they were in university or high school, the majority of hands always raise.
Polonius:This above all: to thine own self be true,And it must follow, as the night the day,Thou canst not then be false to any man.Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!
Laertes:Most humbly do I take my leave, my lord.
Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, 78–82
Vicki will present a FREE Webinar entitled, “Empower students with collaborative writing tools” February 26, 2015 at 4:00 pm EST / 9:00 pm UTC on the WizIQ platform as part of the Featured Teachers Webinar Series. The host for this event is Jason R.
One thing we are very good at in schools is planning. 5 year strategic plans, annual implementation plans, unit plans, lesson plans, floor plans, best laid plans. In such a highly planned world, it can be difficult to deviate, change the plan, abandon the plan and start a new one.
If there is one thing that has really improved my learning design practice in the last few years, it is the use of critique protocols. I was first introduced to this by my great friend and inspiration Darren Mead.
You have a great idea.
It has been brewing around in your head for days and days, and although it is something you have never tried before, you see it as something that could be great for your students.
You decide to bring it to your boss to make sure it is okay to try.