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Finding the Truth

Finding the truth about a student’s learning, a teacher’s or leader’s effectiveness, a system’s impact, or program or policy implementation is more than adding up all the numbers, doing a quick common assessment, or relying on the results of large scale...

Do We Give Up The Carpet Too Soon?

In September, we worked alongside the teachers of an elementary and junior high school, engaging in four demonstration lessons on co-constructing criteria. As we planned the lessons, we considered the layout of each classroom and how best to use the space to meet our...

Portfolios: Digital or Paper?

We’ve been reflecting on our recent two-day Institute in Ajax, Ontario on the topic of portfolios and collecting evidence of learning and inspired by our latest publication, Collecting Evidence and Portfolios: Involving Students in Pedagogical Documentation.The time...

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 actually let it in, even just for a moment?...

Building Efficacy

his 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...

What’s A Teacher To Do?

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...

Teaching That Leads to Student Success

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...

Can We Talk About Professional Learning?

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...