Observation with Intention

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Co-constructing criteria with students, regardless of the grade level or subject matter, takes time. We don’t mean hours and hours, though. Once students and teachers are familiar with the four-step process, it requires, generally, about 30 or 40 minutes. However, if at the end of thirty minutes we think that the only thing that has been accomplished is the identification of criteria, we are missing the power of the process.

Take a moment to think back to the last time that you co-constructed criteria with students or you had the opportunity to observe that in another classroom. Rewind that mental tape, but this time think about what happened through the lens of the ‘action words’ from your curricula. In other words, what verbs or processes did you see unfold before you?

You might want to read a little bit more about this in Sandra’s new blog posting, Observation with Intention.

And you may want to learn more about ways to support the learning of others…especially as you plan for the 2014/2015 school year. If you are an elementary or secondary teacher, school leader, or PD leader, consider attending the Leading Equitable Assessment Practices workshop in Halifax, NS, on November 6th and 7th, 2014, organized by NSLEC in partnership with Education Leadership Canada. Register for this exciting professional learning opportunity at www.nselc.ca.

All our best,
Sandra and Anne


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