by Deirdre Bailey and Kevin Sonico Theme 1: Emphasizing student autonomy The cultivation of student autonomy in an inquiry-driven space suggests that students should both understand their learning goals and be able to assess what they need to do to reach them (Chappuis, 2009, Black & Wiliam, 2004).
Our Grade 7’s have been working on a project we call the iHistory project, in which they choose, research, and communicate the most remarkable aspects of a historical story involving their own family. We are nearing completion of 100 projects and are making plans for sharing them with the world. Here’s a 3-minute video that… Continue reading Grade 7 iHistory Projects – The Most Remarkable
by Rick Fawcett – Grade 7 Humanities The Grade 7 Humanities teachers are supporting students in the creation of powerful documentaries that communicate an important aspect of their family’s history. Using the iMovie program, students have included personal interviews and a variety of media and images to create visually compelling videos that honour the historical… Continue reading Grade 7 iHistory Projects – Trailer #1
-a research project by Kevin Sonico and Louis Cheng (grade 8/9 Math teachers) Terms such as benchmarks, competencies, standards, and outcomes are used interchangeably (Brindley, 2001) to indicate objectives that students must achieve. Hereafter referred to as outcomes-based assessment, the use of objectives in assessment compares student learning and progress with the intended targets. These… Continue reading Outcomes based assessment: Planning for assessment tasks
by Rick Fawcett In this fourth installment of Grade 4’s Folk Song Unit series, I speak with Heather Fawcett and Jessica Kelly about the real “meat and potatoes” of their inquiry unit. They address the challenges a multi-dimensional project can present along with the manner in which student success is being measured. https://www.youtube.com/v/I179L7jp43c?version=3&f=user_uploads&c=google-webdrive-0&app=youtube_gdata In my… Continue reading Grade 4 Folk Song Unit: Making Alberta's History Sing (Part 4: Going Further)
By Tanya Stogre and Abby Saadeh Continuing the Journey with Pathbrite, we took up the challenge of finding See our second blog the most meaningful platform. After exploring a variety of platforms, Pathbrite emerged as one that could work best for all individuals and groups at our school. With this information, we launched into a pilot study… Continue reading Student Learning Profiles (SLP’s) Part 4
A Path to Digitial Student Learner Profiles: Student Voices by Tanya Stogre and Abby Saadeh At approximately the midway point of the Student Learner Profile Pilot using Pathbrite, we wanted to ensure we were hearing what students had to say about their experiences. We endeavoured to include a range of student voices. In an informal… Continue reading Student Learner Profiles: Student Voices
Cynthia Nilsson~ Grade 9 Math/Science Pre-service teacherWerklund School of Education As a graduating student from the Werklund School of Education, experiencing my final practicum experience at Connect Charter, one of my professional goals was to focus on assessment for learning in a real and meaningful way, rather than only assessment of learning. With the support… Continue reading Outcomes Based Assessment and Feedback Loops
The Quest for the “Perfect” Platform at Connect by Tanya Stogre and Abby Saadeh Through formal and informal conversations with colleagues, students, parents, and administrators over the past two years we have determined the characteristics necessary in a platform for our student learning plans (SLP’s). Although recognizing some classes at Connect house their SLP’s in… Continue reading Student Learning Plans: Choosing a Platform
Tanya Stogre and Abby Saadeh Students and teachers at Connect Charter School have focused on creating Student Learner Profiles (SLP) for the past few years. More recently, at Connect, these SLP’s have become a more significant focus. In the spirit of Personalized Learning from the Inspiring Action on Education, SLP’s are gaining momentum in Alberta.… Continue reading Profiling SLP’s – Student Learner Profiles at Connect!