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Hands-On Learning is “Grand”

Monday, January 19th, 2009

I’ve spent the better part of the last two weekends helping my fourth grade son complete a series of “hands-on” activities designed to teach him about the southeast region of the United States.  These activities were developed by a well known publishing company (not to be named here) whose materials were described by their distributor [...]

Assessing Skills: Difficult But Not Impossible

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Yesterday our Head of School lead an Understanding By Design (UBD) workshop for the middle school faculty.  When discussing the assessment process, she stressed the need to create assessments that: Reveal deep and important understandings Core Performance Assessment Provide information about what students know about the topic Short answer quizzes and tests, guided response, timelines, [...]

Feedback That Works

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

As part of my professional growth, I have been reading selections from Robert Marzano’s “Classroom Instruction That Works.” While it can often be difficult to bridge the gap between academic research and daily practice, Marzano’s comments (and those of others) concerning feedback crystallized for me this evening as I went through my son’s “weekly” homework [...]