Authentic assessment

Schools, Camps, Communities

This past week I rediscovered the UVA Young Writers Workshop. I’ve been looking around for out-of-school learning opportunities that could replace parts of the traditional school day to bring more authentic work into schools without diluting the power or appeal of the programs. Too Quixotic? Margo Figgins, an associate professor with the university’s Curry School …

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The vaccine & the lab

I am heartsick waiting for a national educational vision, leader, professional organization, and administration that can think outside the bubble and break the 8 1/2 x 11″ margins of school learning. In response to Michelle Rhee’s new studentsfirts.org initiative, I’d like to offer the following convictions: My mission is to defend the safety, dignity, independence, …

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Letting Go of Teaching

The best thing I ever did for my teaching was to stop teaching. Before I get into that, here’s a quick to-do list for next year. Organize better for self-directed learning. I shifted my work with students into a more democratic, self-directed space midway through the year in an attempt to improve our relationships, to …

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And then I woke up

My brain itches. I’m hitting the wall separating what I saw and what I see. I need to pull an Inception and start dreaming the wall and walking on it instead of familiar ground. I’m looping with our school’s inaugural class for the third straight year. I feel a desperate need to get it right. …

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