Day 67 (of 188) on change…
Stumbled upon this tweet:
And connected with some “changes” I’ve been part of in education recently-ish:
The AFL movement (Assessment For/Of/As Learning) with its clearly articulated “keys to learning success” specifically:
AFL – some key guidelines
1.Clear Learning Intentions (even use a bullseye target)
2.Setting Criteria (no secrets)
3.Giving Descriptive Feedback (feedback loop: what was good, what was tricky, what could be done better)
5.Peer & Self Assessment
That foundation led to my work on “passion projects” which has been better identified and spread as #geniushour and SOLEs (sections for these are above in my blog) – but they definitely make learning student-centered!
Trying to communicate these (especially with AFLs focus on formative assessment) has never really worked on traditional report cards, and I am finding much greater satisfaction using eportfolios to communicate student learning!
These have taken precedence, but still connected strongly, to my push of technologization: blending technology with curriculum & education – especially moving away from desktop cubicles and instead focusing on mobility (and now expanding with the ever-more-affordable tablets enabling creating content, not merely consuming it!)
Yet of course learning can only happen when the brain of the learner is ready; never before has the realm of Self-Regulation been more important.
All of these (and there are others) are helping me achieve my goal of not having the learning done by my kids be the same as what my experience was – not that it was bad, just that we know & can do so much more than even a decade ago!
It’s an exciting time to be an educator! And recently I heard an expert say: change isn’t hard…it’s uncomfortable. And I’m finding it quite fun!!