I have been experiencing the joy of giving in a heightened way these past few months and it is about more than Christmas.
It is our practice at connect2learning to offer a gift, most often a book, as a way of expressing our deepest appreciation for the opportunity to work alongside teachers, schools, and systems. Since November 22, I’ve been giving Making Physical Education Instruction and Assessment Work, the book I co-authored with my friend and colleague, Karen Cross. On two occasions (so far!), I’ve actually been able to place it in the hands of a physical educator and say, “We wrote this for you.”
Assessment is a topic that connects us as teachers, leaders, and specialists, and we have much to learn from each other. Tweet this
The joy is about more than sharing a new book I’m very proud of. It’s about shouting from the rooftops that assessment is a topic that connects us – classroom teacher and specialist – and we have much to learn from each other.
All too often, the perception, and sometimes the reality, has been that whole staff professional learning does not pertain to the physical educators in the building. In this book, we apply the big ideas, structures, and strategies of classroom assessment to the teaching of physical education. We show that a focus on quality classroom assessment is an inclusionary professional learning practice that recognizes that we are all interested in developing self-determining, lifelong learners.
Together we can talk about:
- Identifying clear and meaningful learning destinations for students,
- Collecting evidence of learning from observations, conversations, and products,
- Describing quality through the gradual release of responsibility, using samples, and co-constructing criteria,
- Giving feedback that moves learning forward, and
- Involving students in self- and peer assessment.
The actions of assessment provide a structure for professional conversation that includes all educators – be they classroom teachers, specialists, or leaders. Read Making Physical Education Instruction and Assessment Work for an example of how physical educators can be included.
Then let’s get thinking about how to extend the conversation further to music specialists, second language teachers, visual arts teachers, industrial arts educators, drama teachers…
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