Reimagining Feedback

Growing Readers Remotely: Three Types of Questions for Personalizing Reading Assessment

Personalizing the learning for students doesn’t mean an instructional free-for-all. On the contrary, personalized learning demands structure such as frameworks...
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Growing Readers Remotely: Three Types of Questions for Personalizing Reading Assessment

Assessing Deeper Learning in Remote Education through Performance Tasks and Project-Based Learning

In an unprecedented move, the president announced on March 20 that standardized testing requirements for states will not be enforced...
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Assessing Deeper Learning in Remote Education through Performance Tasks and Project-Based Learning

Feedback and Learning: How Am I Doing?

Disillusioned It’s a bittersweet sting. After brainstorming and modeling, students begin drafting their thoughts. We’re minutes in and the question...
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Feedback and Learning: How Am I Doing?

The Day the Students Designed Their Test

As an advocate for personalized learning, my perspective is simple: I’m constantly looking for ways to foster learner agency and...
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The Day the Students Designed Their Test

What Does It Mean to Reimagine Feedback?

Feedback is incredibly important in a personalized learning environment.

Students grow their capacities by engaging in individual ideas, drafts, or experiences. By asking questions about the feedback they receive, students can focus the conversation on what would be most helpful to them.

The examples featured in this category reveal:

  • Key qualities of effective feedback
  • How students can use feedback to become more sophisticated and skillful
  • How students can use feedback to learn more about themselves
  • How students can become more mindful of how to frame concerns or questions in a “thought-full” way and become better feedback givers themselves.

Growing Readers Remotely: Three Types of Questions for Personalizing Reading Assessment

Personalizing the learning for students doesn’t mean an instructional free-for-all. On the contrary, personalized learning demands structure such as frameworks to ensure effective instruction while students have access to authentic, meaningful experiences. Conferring/conferencing can provide that structure when teaching and assessing. In her book So What Do They Really Know? Assessment That Informs Teaching and Learning, English teacher Cris Tovani defines conferring as "talking to my students one-on-one" in order to "figure out what they...

Assessing Deeper Learning in Remote Education through Performance Tasks and Project-Based Learning

In an unprecedented move, the president announced on March 20 that standardized testing requirements for states will not be enforced for the current academic year. This means teachers won’t have to spend instructional time on standardized test preparation. At countless schools, test prep involves drill-and-kill exercises and students taking numerous district tests that purportedly assess their likelihood of passing the state-mandated test. The suspension of standardized tests also means that many students will not experience...

Feedback and Learning: How Am I Doing?

Disillusioned It’s a bittersweet sting. After brainstorming and modeling, students begin drafting their thoughts. We’re minutes in and the question enters: "Can you take a look at this and let me know how I’m doing?" Don’t get me wrong, I love hearing students ask questions, but there is just something about this question that tempts me to set the paper down. Through my disillusionment, I realized that students need support seeking goal-referenced feedback; feedback thrives...

The Day the Students Designed Their Test

As an advocate for personalized learning, my perspective is simple: I’m constantly looking for ways to foster learner agency and put students at the center of the learning. To that end, this is the story of a recent experiment with offering learners the opportunity to collaborate on the design of their summative assessment over our recent five-day mini-unit exploring Joseph Campbell’s "The Hero’s Journey." During those sessions, we held whole-group discussions over the phases and...

Refocus on Learning, Not Earning

By Jamie Dicks and Julianna Traxler It was two weeks before the school year began, and we were making about 1,248 decisions about how the school year would go and what preparations we would need to make for the upcoming year. We were fortunate enough to be in a room with personalized learning cohort members from our district, sharing and planning how we would work towards personalizing our classrooms. The topic of reward dollars came...

How Writing Conferences in the World Language Classroom Saved My Red Pens and My Sanity

Conferencing yielded the best papers I have read in years. When I sat down to "grade" the final papers a few weeks ago, I didn’t need several red pens, as I found there were few errors. I didn’t give hours of my weekend away, as the papers read smoothly. I no longer questioned what my students were trying to say as I read, I knew what they wanted to say and I could hear their...

Student Portfolio Models

This is my 5th year using student portfolios in the classroom. Student portfolios can have many different purposes and structures based on what the end goal of the portfolio is. I have to be honest that my use of the portfolio has evolved over time as I have used them more in the classroom. Before deploying them into the classroom, educators need to be clear on their why for implementation. A primary goal for me...

Self-Discovery: Students Discover Growth Over Time

by Art Costa, Bena Kallick, and Allison Zmuda If students leave our schools knowing more about their ability to learn and who they are becoming as continuous learners, they will be prepared for now and for the future. There is nothing more fundamental to becoming a self-directed learner than developing the capacity to learn both from internal and external assessment feedback. Typically, most schools perceive the purposes of evaluating student performance as a means of...

How to Use Portfolios To Personalize Learning

When we suggest that a critical element of personalized learning is a cumulative demonstration of learning, we mean that in order for students to discover what they are capable of in the moment as well as how they grow over time, they need to collect evidence of their work products as well as evidence of their growth in the process of doing the work. Portfolios grow in concert with the curriculum design and culture of...

Rubric Repair: 5 Changes that Get Results

By Jennifer Gonzalez. This post was first published on The Cult of Pedagogy, you can listen to the podcast episode with Mark Wise here. In my 20-year career as an administrator, I’ve had the opportunity to be a fly on the wall in hundreds of classrooms across grade levels and content areas. While much has changed in education over those years, one element has remained constant: the well-intentioned use of rubrics with varying levels of success....