Back at home, after spending time on the road and enjoying the buzz of airports (really, I love them), it’s time to refocus on teaching, learning, and assessing. By far, the most exciting experience was spending several days at Corwin’s Annual Visible Learning Conference. Inspired by the best minds in education, including John Hattie, Peter DeWitt, Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey, here’s a sampling of ideas. Some I am still pondering, other’s I am fully committed to, and a few I’m still absorbing.
“It all comes down to mindset. If teachers think their job is a change agent, they’re more likely to be successful. If they think that their job is to constantly evaluate the impact they’re having on kids, that’s what makes the difference.” John Hattie
The ability to transfer learning is a long term aim of education. Incoming knowledge and surface learning flow to deeper levels through concept mapping, problem-solving, and metacognition, resulting in more comprehensive and complex outputs.
Restorative assessment shifts the emphasis from displaying deficiencies to illuminating strengths.
Assessment capable learners understand the learning intentions, identify their current level of expertise, select tools and strategies to support their learning, recognize and compare performance to success criteria, rely on focused feedback to improve outcomes, monitor their progress, and take action to close gaps.
Self-efficacy, student efficacy, teacher efficacy, and collective efficacy ALL MATTER!
“Every student deserves a great teacher, not by chance, but by design.” Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey