Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding, Testing and Assessments

Assessing Conceptual Understanding

Assessing for deep understanding and higher order thinking is not easy. It's oh-so-much easier to assess for factual recall. But it's worth doing. Combining the work of Dr. Erickson and Dr. Lanning on concept-based curriculum and instruction with the work of Dr. Susan Brookhart on assessment, we've been able to come up with some decent examples of… Continue reading Assessing Conceptual Understanding

Stage 5: Students as World Changers

World Changers vs. High Stakes Tests

This week we are talking about transforming schools into places that cultivate world changers. You may be thinking to yourself “I’d love to do that, but what I really need to do is get students to pass X test.”    Here’s some food for thought on that tension.  Back in 2001, researchers in Chicago* looked into the idea… Continue reading World Changers vs. High Stakes Tests

News and Trends, Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

Trending: Technology, for Good or Evil

Facebook. Twitter. Texting. They're on the tip of every educator's tongue, often because they are seen as impediments to classroom learning. We've heard it all -- technology can be blamed for everything from shortened attention spans to poor spelling and grammar to a culture of instant gratification and isolation. However, we're also reading the research… Continue reading Trending: Technology, for Good or Evil