Posted in assessment, education, research

Just Published! A Revised Edition of “The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education” — Diane Ravitch’s blog

I am very pleased to let you know about the publication of a newly revised edition of The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. Perhaps you read it when it was first released in 2010. It was big news at the time, because I broke […]

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Posted in assessment, education, instruction, project-based learning

Edutopia for Educators

If you have not visited Edutopia, you should.  A wonderful resource for different and innovative ways of teaching and learning.  Some of the resources/topics that I find particularly useful are on project based learning, assessments and technology integration.  However, there is a topic for every educator for every grade level.  Visit Edutopia and join its learning community!

Some tips for teaching in 2015: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/new-things-to-try-2015-ashley-cronin

Posted in assessment, inquiry, research

Holistic and Individualized Formative Assessment of Research and Inquiry Processes

The Unquiet Librarian

For the last two weeks, our students have been immersed in investigating information and constructing new understandings as they have been composing their research design proposals, revising sections of their proposals, and doing additional research after focusing and narrowing their topics and research questions.  As they have gone back and forth in refining their topics and questions and doing the subsequent additional research, we’ve seen our students move back and forth between confusion/doubt/uncertainty/discomfort and clarity.  Most students are not used to doing this sort of deep dive with a topic, making their own choices about the topic and research questions, articulating how they demonstrating growth in their learning, or selecting their learning products; consequently, the messiness of choice and ownership of their projects has been a new experience (and uncomfortable to varying extents) for them.  Sarah Rust and I have also experienced a spectrum of emotions in this inquiry…

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