Reimagining Reporting

Getting Rid of Grade Levels: A Personalized Learning Recipe for Public Schools

By Travis Lape and first published on EdSurge. Travis Lape (@travislape) is a Technology Integrationist at Harrisburg South Middle School
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Getting Rid of Grade Levels: A Personalized Learning Recipe for Public Schools

Tackling the Challenging Task of Creating a K-5 Problem Solving Rubric for Math

How can students receive meaningful feedback on work in a math classroom that goes beyond getting the problems right or
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Tackling the Challenging Task of Creating a K-5 Problem Solving Rubric for Math

How to Make Personalized Learning Come Alive at a Systems Level

I have the privilege to work as a consultant with Vista Unified over the next several years to support their
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How to Make Personalized Learning Come Alive at a Systems Level

Beware of the Test Prep Trap

In this era of accountability, educators throughout the nation are under pressure. Administrators are held accountable for student achievement in
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Beware of the Test Prep Trap

What Does It Mean to Reimagine Reporting?

Grading and reporting student performance is due for an overhaul. We have the technology to shift away from 10-week cycle of report cards that often do not reveal a true snapshot of student achievement.

This category features ideas from teachers and schools that are committed to:

  • Separate out achievement from effort from growth
  • Draft performance indicators that describe what quality looks like
  • Have students track growth in performance over time based on indicators
  • Encourage student-led conferences to share artifacts of learning and collaboratively identify goals and next steps

Getting Rid of Grade Levels: A Personalized Learning Recipe for Public Schools

By Travis Lape and first published on EdSurge. Travis Lape (@travislape) is a Technology Integrationist at Harrisburg South Middle School in South Dakota, and worked with Harrisburg Freedom Elementary on this project. Public schools play a huge role in developing learners to be successful when they leave school. So why are charters and private schools considered the best places for "personalized learning?" The problem with the current public education model is that it was created...

Tackling the Challenging Task of Creating a K-5 Problem Solving Rubric for Math

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How can students receive meaningful feedback on work in a math classroom that goes beyond getting the problems right or wrong? How do we assess and develop a student’s ability to meet hard-to-measure standards like understanding, problem solving, and communication? How might we make math rubrics that are helpful and friendly for our very young students but still keep a focus on content and process standards? The curriculum writing team in Denton ISD tackled these...

How to Make Personalized Learning Come Alive at a Systems Level

I have the privilege to work as a consultant with Vista Unified over the next several years to support their personalized learning transformation. Bena Kallick and I had an opportunity to present to 100 teachers for three hours as a way to engage them in the four attributes of personalized learning and the related Habits of Mind. We were blown away with their energy, passion, and thoughtfulness as they considered how to grow voice, co-creation,...

Beware of the Test Prep Trap

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In this era of accountability, educators throughout the nation are under pressure. Administrators are held accountable for student achievement in their schools as gauged by standardized tests. Increasingly, teachers' evaluations include a percentage based on the results of test scores (at least in the tested grades and subjects). In some states, a school can be "reconstituted" if standardized assessment results do not improve over time. And in many communities, the test scores for a district...

Personalized Learning from A-Z

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One of my goals for 2017 is to help educators see that Personalized Learning (PL) is not "another thing" and not something that is hard to do in your classroom. All you have to do is start small and be intentional in how you start. Below are 26 ways to incorporate the PL philosophy into your classroom practice. I suggest choosing one and start by making small changes in your practice. "If it doesn't challenge...

Do You Pose Questions That Invite Metacognition?

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Our 'inner voice' is what we use to reflect on what we do, how and why we behave in the way we do, how we critique ourselves and how we connect the knowledge, ideas, concepts and concept frameworks developed using each of our four learning systems. It is the voice that challenges us to strive further and the voice that condemns our foolishness. - Mark Treadwell, Learning: How the Brain Learns (2014) One of a...

How Can Educators Design Authentic Performance Tasks? (Part 3)

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In this blog, we will explore ideas and processes for designing authentic performance tasks to be used as rich learning activities and/or for purposes of assessment. In the spirit of “backward design,” let’s begin at the end by considering the qualities of a rich performance task, summarized in Figure 1. Since the criteria listed here define the features that we should see in an authentic task, they serve as targets for constructing tasks as well...

Assessing Progress Towards Student-Centered Learning Efforts

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This post was originally published on Pam Austen's website, Musings in Real Time, and re-published on Learning Personalized with permission. For the last few years we have been working towards a more student-centered learning model at our elementary school. We began by focusing on fostering more student independence and student-driven learning efforts. These efforts included: Using student interests to drive our instructional decision-making Encouraging students to work through learning struggles and, Be more comfortable with...

Why Should We Use Performance Tasks? (Part 2)

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The case for the increased use of performance tasks rests on two foundational ideas: Authentic tasks are needed to both develop and assess many of the most significant outcomes identified in the current sets of academic Standards as well as trans-disciplinary 21st Century Skills. Research on effective learning from cognitive psychology and neuroscience underscores the importance of providing students with multiple opportunities to apply their learning to relevant, real-world situations. In this blog post, I...

How is Grading Working and Not Working in Our Schools?

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At the Tri-Association Conference this week, I facilitated a five-hour workshop on standards-based grading and reporting. Just like personalized learning, most agree that traditional grades and marks need to become more transparent, but how to do it and how to maintain the courage to stay the course is incredibly daunting. Many students play the game of school, doing karaoke of recycled thoughts to move on to the next assignment. It is just easier that way....