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Student-Led Assessment

Tuesday, February 20th, 2024

Student-Led Assessment

Student-Led Assessment: Promoting Agency and Achievement Through Portfolios and Conferences by Starr Sackstein

explains in detail how you can shift your teaching practice to one where students take control over their learning and assessment. It features periodic conferences where students give evidence of what they have learned and set goals for their next efforts. Her model also allows for self-paced learning and peer feedback. Leaders should try to get this book into the hands of as many teachers as possible.

    Introduction

    • Student voice is vital to understanding what students know and can do. It’s our job to create authentic opportunities for students to express their challenges and successes. Such conversations can be the basis for determining students’ grades. In this book you will learn how to leverage student conferences and have students lead parent-teacher conferences. You will also learn how to use portfolios as part of this process. (Each chapter contains reflections on the subject from other teachers or professors.)

    Part 1: Building Structures to Promote Learner Agency

    • Here we explore the building blocks of teaching students to talk about their learning in cohesive and detailed ways and to advocate for themselves. It’s your job then to adapt what you learn to your specific students and situation.

    1. Building a Learner Agency Enhanced Environment

    • At the heart of student success lies the relationships you have with them and that they have with each other. You need to plan how to make this happen. You also need to reveal your interests, strengths, and challenges so they see you as another learner. Trust is earned, which is highly evident in the learning process. Above all be sure to let students know when you have made a mistake. Apologize if it is appropriate. This will help them to take risks that will inevitably lead to mistakes that promote learning.
    • In order to get to know students in a less than superficial manner, you need to take on the role of a detective or an archaeologist. Approach each student with a real interest and warmth. Meet them by name at the door. Assume positive intent when they take a misstep. Put important concepts on the wall, but don’t make it too cluttered. Ask them how they feel about the space. Remember that all kids can!

    2. Promoting Clarity to Deepen Student Understanding

    • Large sets of standards such as the Common Core can be overwhelming. You need to prioritize by looking for knowledge and skills that can 1. have value beyond a single assignment 2. have value in multiple disciplines, and 3. allow for success in the next grade or level. You then need to work with your students to come up with an agreed upon idea of what proficiency looks like. Here we have a format for unpacking a standard
    • Now it’s time to create student-friendly learning targets. This requires looking at standards in smaller bites. Develop success criteria so that students know what success looks like. Students can also be partners in developing rubrics. Don’t expect your first tries to be great. Supply exemplars that are not easy to copy. They can be from former students or be teacher generated. Supply feedback to groups and individuals as much as possible.

    3. Using Formative Assessment to Promote Learner Voice and Self-Advocacy

    • Formative assessment is ongoing and informs future instruction. Students should know what it is and be involved. It demonstrates achievement while reflection focusses more on the process. Both are important. Formative assessment provides feedback that students can use to revise their work. By it’s nature, formative assessment is differentiated.
    • At some point, peers should be involved in formative assessment. Students should write their reflections for teachers to read. In some cases teachers should just focus on the important things as opposed to everything. The process should involve students writing new goals to share with the teacher and at least one peer. Goals should be as specific as possible. A major goal is for students to become more self-sufficient learners.

    4. Developing a Portfolio System That Supports Purposeful Goals

    • Portfolios allow students, teachers, parents, and peers to see the fruits of a student’s labor. (This can be facilitated if the portfolio is available online.) They also put students in charge of tracking their own growth. They can foster independence while fueling reflection, creativity, and authentic life-long learning. They can feature a capstone activity or multiple pieces that demonstrate a learner’s best efforts. They can even contain a series of works that show growth over time.
    • Each teacher should do their own portfolio first to share their students’ experiences. Once finished, students should write a standards-based reflection about what their work demonstrates. The students should also present their portfolio in order to defend their efforts. Here we have the story of how one district implemented portfolios for all of their students. Expect this process to take two to three years.
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Teaching Forgiveness / STEAM in Action / Chocolate’s History

Monday, February 19th, 2024

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Forgiveness
Three Research-backed tips for teaching forgiveness to children – You may have never thought specifically about teaching your child forgiveness but we have all experienced a situation in which forgiveness comes into play. Cara Goodwin via @MindShiftKQED

STEAM
STEAM education in action – STEM education offers students many opportunities to develop in-demand skills needed for a growing workforce. @eSN_Laura @eschoolnews


The history of chocolate – Deanna Pucciarelli traces the fascinating and often cruel history of chocolate. @TED_ED @LetsTalkScience

WIRED

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

ChatGPT vs. Gemini: Which AI Chatbot Subscription Is Right for You? Everyone wants your $20 per month for access to their best AI chatbot. Who gets it depends on what features are important to you. REECE ROGERS via @WIRED

Learning

What’s inside of the Lunar Module? This is a very cool 3D animation that reveals the engineering that made the 1969-1972 lunar landings possible. It’s a great STEM lesson. @JaredOwen3D

Algebra

Leadership/Parenting

Can you take algebra in eighth grade? In many cases, the answer is no, national survey finds. I missed it as I was sick for a placement text in sixth grade. What’s happening in your district? @kalynbelsha @Chalkbeat

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

People@ToddWhitaker

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Life After Death by PowerPoint (Corporate Comedy Video) – How many of these mistakes are you still making? @donmcmillan
  

Jooble

Recent Book Summaries & My Podcasts

Quit
Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away by Annie Duke
Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics Grades K-12: 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning by Peter Liljedahl
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini@RobertCialdini
Valedictorians at the Gate: Standing Out, Getting In, and Staying Sane While Applying to College by Becky Munsterer Sabky
Plays Well With Others: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Relationships Is (Mostly) Wrongby Eric Barker
How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes: Science-Based Strategies for Better Parenting from Tots to Teens by Melinda Wenner Moyer
My Post-Pandemic Teaching and Learning Observations by Dr. Doug Green Times 10 Publications
The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward by Daniel Pink
Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead, and Live Without Barriers by Jo Boaler 
The Future of Smart: How Our Education System Needs to Change to Help All Young People Thrive by Ulcca Joshi Hansen
Cup of Joe
Listen to Dr. Doug on the “Cup of Joe” podcast. I recorded it last week. On it, I talk about the many good things I have seen in schools doing hybrid teaching. @PodcastCupOfJoe @DrDougGreen @BrainAwakes
This is my podcast on the Jabbedu Network. Please consider listening and buying my book Teaching Isn’t Rocket Science, It’s Way More Complex. Here’s a free executive summary. @jabbedu @DrDougGreen
Boys and Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity by Peggy Orenstein

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Creativity’s Benefits / Ineffective Digital / John Dewey’s Pedagogy

Friday, February 16th, 2024

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Creativity@sylviaduckworth @teachergoals @MindShiftKQED

Digital Learning
Unfulfilled Promise: The Forty-Year Shift from Print to Digital and Why It Failed to Transform Learning. In American schools, the shift to digital learning was gradual, uneven, often chaotic, expensive, and, largely ineffective at boosting traditional outcomes. @tvanderark @Getting_Smart @HooverInst

John Dewey
The Pedagogy Of John Dewey: A Summary – John Dewey (1859–1952) developed extraordinarily influential educational and social theories that had a lasting influence on psychology, pedagogy, and political philosophy, among other fields. @TeachThought

AI Tech Tools

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

Five tech, AI tools to enhance teacher team success – Schools and districts have leveraged the increased technological fluency of staff and students to address persistent challenges. @smventura @eschoolnews

Solar System

Learning

Why Is Our Solar System Flat? It started as a big old ball of dust, so how did it end up like a giant pancake? A physicist tells the true story using fake forces. @rjallain @WIRED

Cuban

Leadership/Parenting

Some Students Have To Fail: A History of Labels – Why does a system of education have to feature a “failure” option? @LarryCuban

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Leadership@Leadershipfreak

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Can you guess the Beatles song from the keyboard part? If you like the Beatles and playing Name That Tune this is for you. David Bennett Piano @YouTube
  

Jooble

Recent Book Summaries & My Podcasts

Quit
Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away by Annie Duke
Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics Grades K-12: 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning by Peter Liljedahl
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini@RobertCialdini
Valedictorians at the Gate: Standing Out, Getting In, and Staying Sane While Applying to College by Becky Munsterer Sabky
Plays Well With Others: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Relationships Is (Mostly) Wrongby Eric Barker
How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes: Science-Based Strategies for Better Parenting from Tots to Teens by Melinda Wenner Moyer
My Post-Pandemic Teaching and Learning Observations by Dr. Doug Green Times 10 Publications
The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward by Daniel Pink
Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead, and Live Without Barriers by Jo Boaler 
The Future of Smart: How Our Education System Needs to Change to Help All Young People Thrive by Ulcca Joshi Hansen
Cup of Joe
Listen to Dr. Doug on the “Cup of Joe” podcast. I recorded it last week. On it, I talk about the many good things I have seen in schools doing hybrid teaching. @PodcastCupOfJoe @DrDougGreen @BrainAwakes
This is my podcast on the Jabbedu Network. Please consider listening and buying my book Teaching Isn’t Rocket Science, It’s Way More Complex. Here’s a free executive summary. @jabbedu @DrDougGreen
Boys and Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity by Peggy Orenstein

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5 Cognitive Biases / Social Workers for Teachers / Tesla Wins EV Charging

Thursday, February 15th, 2024

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FIve Cognitive Biases that Shape Classroom Interactions – and How to Overcome Them – While bias is everywhere, the impact can be especially negative on students and how they are perceived and treated as learners. @callmeKi @MindShiftKQED

Social Workers
Why Schools Need a Social Worker for Teachers – The mental health crisis for teachers is also capturing headlines, especially for its assumed connection to our worsening teacher shortage. Marcelle Davies-Lashley via @EdSurge

Charging
Tesla Wins EV Charging! Now What? This week, Stellantis became the last major North American automaker to announce its move to the Tesla-invented charging connector. But there’s still work to do before the US has a truly great charging network. @AarianMarshall @WIRED

Misinformation

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

Social Media Misinformation Looks Set to Be a Major Risk in Upcoming Political Campaign. With various major elections being held around the globe in 2024, and concerns around different aspects of the digital information sphere, it feels like we’re on a misinformation collision course. @adhutchinson @socialmedia2day

Learning

A neuroscientist explains the best exercise to improve brain function. The author of Healthy brain, Happy Life and professor at the Center for Neural Science at New York University, Dr. Wendy Suzuki, explains the best way to exercise in order to improve brain function. @wasuzuki @TechInsider

STEM

Leadership/Parenting

Five helpful hacks for managing a STEM classroom – STEM classrooms require skilled management to keep students focused on their tasks. Kim Harding via @eschoolnews

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Love@teacher2teacher

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

The ONLY 10 Spices You Need – If you want to simplify your spice rack and cook with just the essentials, THESE are the only 10 spices you need. Brian Lagerstrom via @youTube

Jooble

Recent Book Summaries & My Podcasts

Quit
Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away by Annie Duke
Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics Grades K-12: 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning by Peter Liljedahl
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini@RobertCialdini
Valedictorians at the Gate: Standing Out, Getting In, and Staying Sane While Applying to College by Becky Munsterer Sabky
Plays Well With Others: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Relationships Is (Mostly) Wrongby Eric Barker
How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes: Science-Based Strategies for Better Parenting from Tots to Teens by Melinda Wenner Moyer
My Post-Pandemic Teaching and Learning Observations by Dr. Doug Green Times 10 Publications
The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward by Daniel Pink
Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead, and Live Without Barriers by Jo Boaler
The Future of Smart: How Our Education System Needs to Change to Help All Young People Thrive by Ulcca Joshi Hansen
Cup of Joe
Listen to Dr. Doug on the “Cup of Joe” podcast. I recorded it last week. On it, I talk about the many good things I have seen in schools doing hybrid teaching. @PodcastCupOfJoe @DrDougGreen @BrainAwakes
This is my podcast on the Jabbedu Network. Please consider listening and buying my book Teaching Isn’t Rocket Science, It’s Way More Complex. Here’s a free executive summary. @jabbedu @DrDougGreen
Boys and Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity by Peggy Orenstein

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Turn on Subtitles / Teach Entrepreneurial / Plastic History

Wednesday, February 14th, 2024

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Subtitles
Parents: Turn on the TV Subtitles. (Doug: Alo turn on foreign language subtitles for you and your kids to learn another language. You can also slow the playback speed to 0.5.) Tessa Fiorini Cohen via @LarryCuban @coopmike48

Teach Entrepreneurial Skills
How Teaching Builds Entrepreneurial Skills Whether you’re pursuing a new passion or a side project, these teaching skills will serve you well in your endeavors. Andrew Wild via @edutopia


A brief history of plastic – This is a good science lesson for upper elementary on up. Sharon Colman via @TED_ED

Social Media

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

Seven Steps To Mastering Social Media Management – While platforms regularly change their focus, and audience behaviors are always evolving, the fundamentals of social media strategy remain unchanged. @socialmedia2day @adhutchinson

Toilet

Learning

The City of Tomorrow Will Run on Your Toilet Water. Researchers are finding better ways to extract drinking water, compost, and even energy from wastewater. It’s not gross. It’s science. @mrMattSimon @WIRED

Vollaboration

Leadership/Parenting

Educational leaders must leverage collaboration for success. How do leaders keep improving our schools to recognize unique opportunities and needs at the forefront? Melissa Anne Brevetti via @eschoolnews @VariQuest

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

leadership@gcouros

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

How Was The Great Wall Of China Built? The Great Wall Of China was built to protect a growing empire and the Silk Road that brought in wealth. @DiscoveryUK
  

Jooble

Recent Book Summaries & My Podcasts

Quit
Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away by Annie Duke
Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics Grades K-12: 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning by Peter Liljedahl
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini@RobertCialdini
Valedictorians at the Gate: Standing Out, Getting In, and Staying Sane While Applying to College by Becky Munsterer Sabky
Plays Well With Others: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Relationships Is (Mostly) Wrongby Eric Barker
How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes: Science-Based Strategies for Better Parenting from Tots to Teens by Melinda Wenner Moyer
My Post-Pandemic Teaching and Learning Observations by Dr. Doug Green Times 10 Publications
The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward by Daniel Pink
Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead, and Live Without Barriers by Jo Boaler 
The Future of Smart: How Our Education System Needs to Change to Help All Young People Thrive by Ulcca Joshi Hansen
Cup of Joe
Listen to Dr. Doug on the “Cup of Joe” podcast. I recorded it last week. On it, I talk about the many good things I have seen in schools doing hybrid teaching. @PodcastCupOfJoe @DrDougGreen @BrainAwakes
This is my podcast on the Jabbedu Network. Please consider listening and buying my book Teaching Isn’t Rocket Science, It’s Way More Complex. Here’s a free executive summary. @jabbedu @DrDougGreen
Boys and Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity by Peggy Orenstein

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