Day 153 (of 188) designed to fail; formative vs summative thanks #sblchat & @drjolly

Day 153 (of 188) designed to fail; formative vs summative thanks #sblchat & @drjolly

Tonight I had a great time re-energizing via #sblchat (Wednesday night at 6pm pst about Standards Based Learning) when a “key” moment led to some specific reflection. 
@drjolly made a tweet regarding a question about when to use formative vs summative assessment: “this varies from learner to learner…When are they “READY” for Summatice? I’m not crazy about summatives 
My immediate thought was “I agree, by the time mylearbers are ready for a summative assessment…why bother? We already know what’ll happen!

And then I thought of my daughter – whose school I raced over to after dismissal because she was 3D printing a CO2 Race Car. She has personalized her learning to explore programs like blender in order to intrinsically motivate herself. 
And here is where she has mindfully designed herself to fail (and for her, anything less than perfect is ‘room for growth’) – she has printed out a model to essentially fail all tests – so that she can learn from it and make her design better next time. And the timeS after that. 
She is taking in the formative feedback from both her teacher and herself to get ready for ‘the’ summative test: the race. 
But even she knows that even if she doesn’t win that race….there’ll be another! 
  
As an aside, I think 3D printers may be one of the biggest game changers since the Internet itself!

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Educator in BCs Sunny Shuswap Pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Utilizing ePortfolios & Descriptive Feedback
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