Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding, Stage 3: Critical Thinking, Stage 4: Disciplinary Thinking, Stage 5: Students as World Changers, Testing and Assessments

Teaching for Transfer

In an increasingly complicated world, it is essential that we honor the research-rich past and harness children’s natural curiosity as we look to the future. How do we move beyond surface learning to reach deeper comprehension? What strategies help students make connections between ideas and use their learning to unlock new situations? This webinar shares… Continue reading Teaching for Transfer

Stage 5: Students as World Changers, Testing and Assessments

Throwback Thursday: But we have to focus on “the test”…

 Many of us are in the throes of testing season, and with many schools implementing the new CCSS aligned tests for the first time, it is bound to be a month of fret and anxiety. I remember administrators at my previous school declaring "no field trips in April" because preparing for the big state test… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: But we have to focus on “the test”…

Stage 2: Active Processing, Testing and Assessments

Are learning and achievement the same thing?

Pedro Noguera, NYU Professor of Education says, "No". They're not quite the same. When you focus on achievement, you focus on test scores and you could miss out on whether or not the kids are actually learning. From the ASCD Capital Connections Newsletter (reprinted here): Less than half of the general public, and only 30… Continue reading Are learning and achievement the same thing?