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Building Efficacy

This year as we have worked with countless teachers and leaders across North America, we have been able to connect assessment for learning strategies to the purposeful building of efficacy – the belief in one’s ability to make a difference. When armed with ideas about how to increase learners’ understanding of quality and proficiency, how to involve learners in feedback cycles, and how to have learners document their own learning, teachers and leaders report to us that they feel better equipped to increase engagement in learning. In other words, their sense of efficacy has grown. To read more of Brenda’s experiences in this regard, see her most recent blog post.

And yet, when we are modeling one of these strategies in classrooms in front of a group of teachers or when using them with a teacher or group of teachers in front of leaders, we hear, from time to time, these sentiments, “Of course that worked. They had to pay attention with so many teachers in the room.”

These statements speak to a lower sense of efficacy, because when we attribute the success of teaching and learning to factors outside of our own control, we suggest that our teaching is not a factor. And so, let us instead consider these questions:

  • For what reasons was this carefully designed lesson successful with these learners at this time?
  • For what reasons did this carefully crafted conversation invite a teacher to identify for herself a next instructional pivot?
  • How can we develop the capacity to talk about the power of the thinking, planning, and impact of a professional teacher and leader?

These are some of the questions we will explore with leaders during our summer events, July 3-5 in the Comox Valley and August 22-23 in Ajax, ON where we have deliberately designed time to provide custom coaching (July 6th in the Comox Valley and August 23rd in Ajax, ON). Coaching increases feelings of efficacy and, as a result, you are better able to successfully face the challenges and the road ahead in the 2018-2019 school year.

With all our best,

Anne, Sandra, Brenda, and the connect2learning team

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To Be Inspired, Or To Not Be Inspired… That Is The Question

With a nod and a wink to Shakespeare, Brenda returns to the topic of teaching writing in her latest blog post. To read more about her career-long choice to be inspired by students and teachers, and to meet the community of writers who motivated her to write, see Brenda’s newest blog. For more of Brenda’s ideas on the teaching of writing consider reading Making Writing Instruction Work, available on our webstore.

If, like Brenda, you choose to be inspired, why not join us at one of our summer events?

Hope to see you in the summer!

All our best,

Anne, Sandra, Brenda, and the connect2learning team

Click here to access the latest Key Ideas and Strategies celebrating connect2learning’s 25th anniversary.

What’s A Teacher To Do?

So what’s a teacher to do when she or he is given a set of criteria created at the school, district, provincial, or territorial level and told to use it? Because as teachers we work as part of a team, because we honour our professional obligations, because we know it is a research-based practice… we use it. But it doesn’t stop there. To read more, check out Brenda’s latest blog post.

For more possibilities in response to the questions that begin “What’s a teacher or leader to do when…?” consider the resources in our e-store or invite one of us to work alongside you and your learners.

Together we’ll explore those questions that make teaching and leading endlessly fascinating.

All our best,
Anne, Sandra, Brenda, and the connect2learning team

Click here to access the latest Key Ideas and Strategies celebrating connect2learning’s 25th anniversary.

Teaching That Leads to Student Success

What counts?…What matters?…What is important?…

These are questions you’ve heard us ask many times. In this instance, Brenda is asking it about teaching that leads to student success. To read more, we invite you to check out her new blog post.

Some of you may be considering this question through the lens of leadership. Why not join us on beautiful Vancouver Island for our Leadership Symposium July 3-5, 2018?

Maybe you are thinking about this question in relation to pedagogical documentation and portfolios. We are too! Join us August 22 -23 in Ajax, ON, for the Collecting Evidence and Portfolios: Engaging Students in Pedagogical Documentation Institute. This day and a half Institute will include:

  • Practical ideas
  • Cross-curricular examples
  • Responses to commonly asked questions
  • Time to plan for the upcoming school year

These two summer events will inspire you for the 2018-2019 school year ahead! We look forward to seeing you!

All our best,
Anne, Sandra, Brenda, and the connect2learning team

Click here to access the latest Key Ideas and Strategies celebrating connect2learning’s 25th anniversary.