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Bill, I've really enjoyed learning alongside you as you try out new forms of self assessment with your kids. John Hattie's research reminds us that student self assessment is the single most effective strategy for boosting student achievement. This makes logical sense because students who can provide themselves with feedback (whether a teacher is there or not) will improve more quickly. One question/thought/wish for the organizer: I wish the learning targets were linked to performances, not test questions. Thoughts on this?
Personally, I find a lot of the current infographic creators to be a bit clunky and template-driven, so I think your low-tech strategy actually increases the amount of higher order thinking that kids will have to do. They will have to generate the structure and design themselves, which can be quite challenging. Also, the use of distractors is quite brilliant. I wonder if it is worthwhile to have one "decoy" group who includes distractors as a way of determining students' abilities to accurately provide feedback against criteria.... Thanks for sharing this!
Bill: Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and your students' experiences. It certainly resonates with me as I am a huge believer in the power of student self reflection! The one thing that I'm left wondering is this: Why are the numerical learning targets (in bold on the sheet) written at such a low level? Your kid-friendly descriptions demand performance, but the targets themselves are highly based on memorization and identification. I know that you demand high quality performances from your kids for audiences that matter, and I think the targets themselves set the bar way too low. (I realize that you did not create these targets- which speaks to the fact that educational policy often holds us back as practitioners.) Personally, I vote for getting rid of the targets in favor of your performance descriptions! Thanks for letting me think out loud in this space!
Hey Bill, I've read all three of these titles and I LOVE them all! I just finished reading Multipliers last week. It has given me incredibly helpful labels when talking with school leaders. The other two were certainly influential on my practice as well. I'd also recommend Making Learning Whole by David Perkins and Mob Rule Learning by Michelle Boule. Enjoy your holiday! ~Kristen
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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As Steven Johnson says, we need to "chase the adjacent possible." I really liked the specific example you used. I think this could make the idea of soft innovation highly approachable for my teachers!
I agree that writing norms is very critical. It is also interesting to note that different organizations have different "invisible norms." Just as there is a hidden curriculum for students, there is also one for adults. Making the expectations transparent is critical to creating change.
Bill, Thank you for writing this post. I love reading with students, and I think it is so important for students to have male "reading role models" in their lives. I would LOVE to see your graphic on a "boys-only" reading olympics T-shirt. Thanks for making my day!
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