First Things First: Go Slow to Go Fast

April 29, 2019 A principal said, after watching teachers across early, middle, and senior years share their portfolios with one another, “I have just realized that this is our first time talking about why we have students create portfolios. We launched into ‘the...

Being Courageous and Bold in the Service of Teaching and Leading

February 28, 2019 We are all leaders. We are all teachers. When you are a leader, you are teaching. When you are a teacher, you are leading. It is important that teachers see themselves as leaders and leaders see themselves as teachers. Why? The core purpose of our...

Finding the Truth

January 31, 2019 Rob Hadath, when asked about assessment and reporting in his high school mathematics class said, “Now when I look to assessment, I look at it more as just finding the truth. What is the true ability of the student and how can I most accurately reflect...

Do We Give Up The Carpet Too Soon?

Friday, October 25, 2018 In September, we engaged in four demonstration lessons on co-constructing criteria. As we worked alongside the teachers of an elementary and junior high school, we planned the lessons and we considered the physical layout of each classroom. We...

Portfolios: Digital or Paper?

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 We’ve been reflecting on our recent two-day Institute in Ajax, Ontario that was inspired by our latest publication, Collecting Evidence and Portfolios: Involving Students in Pedagogical Documentation. The time was filled with discussions...

You’re The Best!

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 You’re the Best! We’ve all heard it before, maybe especially at this time of year. You’re the best teacher I ever had!  I’m going to miss you. We smile and think to ourselves, “I bet you say that to all the teachers.” But what if this year you...