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  • Math without marks

    Posted on April 13, 2015 by in Uncategorized

    ‘I want a kid’s mark to reflect what they know at the end, not how long it took them to learn it.’– Dave Martin, math teacher CBC RADIO – The 180 – March 2015

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    Be The Sample – Learning alongside Sandra Herbst

    Posted on February 12, 2015 by in Uncategorized

    We know from research that, to be successful, students need to have a clear learning target, a picture of quality and clear criteria. These are best developed side by side with our learners. As we co-create these criteria students need to see examples of quality. In a new teaching assignment, or with new material, these […]

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  • Do we still need grades?

    Posted on February 1, 2015 by in Uncategorized

    Do we still need grades? Dave Carter – Feb 1, 2015 “the primary purpose of classroom assessment is to inform teaching and improve learning, not to sort and select students or to justify a grade.” McTighe and Steve Ferrara By the 2015/16 school year, reporting for all students in grades 1-9 in Prairie Spirit will use […]

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  • Assessment and Reporting – The whole picture. The whole child.

    Posted on January 22, 2015 by in Uncategorized

    Assessment and Reporting – The Whole Picture. The whole Child. Dave Carter – January 2015 At a recent parent night at the end of the evening one parent came to me. He said ‘the changes in assessment and reporting make a lot of sense to me. I own an engineering company. I really don’t care […]

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  • What can Christmas Movies Teach us about the shift from Earning to Learning?

    Posted on January 4, 2015 by in Uncategorized

    What can Christmas movies teach us about the shift from earning to learning? Our assessment team meets once a week to touch base, celebrate success, provide feedback, and to determine next steps. One of the highlights of our time together includes creating playlists. These lists usually reference the music we are listening to or perhaps […]

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  • What do we really mean by Earning to Learning?

    Posted on December 19, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    What do we really mean by Earning to Learning? After school on any spring or summer evening you will see a group of 5 to 10 young people practicing skateboarding tricks along the sidewalks and on the vast expanse of tarmac of the parking lot outside one of our high schools. Many of these are […]

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  • Professionals don’t use marks to motivate – Bruce Beairsto

    Posted on December 15, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    Recently a teacher in Alberta was suspended for giving a student a zero.  There followed a lot of weak analysis by the media and emotional commentary by the public, including other teachers.  Lots of heat was created but not a lot of light.  So far I have found it, for the most part, to be […]

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  • Redefining Accountability – Tom Shimmer

    Posted on December 4, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    The issue of accountability often serves as a source of tension between those on either side of the grading reform ledger. For those still not sure about a move toward standards-based grading, the pushback often centers on the notion that “students need to be held accountable!” To be clear, the collective movement toward standards-based grading […]

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    Does Classroom Assessment Work? Anne Davies

    Posted on November 26, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    Does Classroom Assessment Work?                                               Recently I read a piece by Bennett (2011) questioning the true impact of formative assessment. And, while I appreciate the powerful questions he asked, there are also some […]

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  • The Importance of Clearly Defining Learning Targets and Success Criteria

    Posted on November 20, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    The Importance of Clearly Defining Learning Targets and Success Criteria

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