Day 15 (of 187) power of words?
During our curriculum implementation day, we discovered that words, much like letter grades, can (unsurprisingly) mean different things to different people. “Proficient” was one of those key words. To some it meant excellence and the equivalent to “A” work. Others thought it was more representative of “B” work and wile very good, still room for others to go beyond…into mastery? excelling? exceeding?
Over the past years, I know there are some words I prefer more than others:
But those aren’t the only words. As we explores the new assessment documents on https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca we could see a proficiency scale with different wordings:
And as we explored further we could see how these shifted a bit depending on which subject area was being highlighted – even some feedback (I’m not willing to call this descriptive feedback because I am biased that DF needs to both highlight a positive AND identify the next step [singular])
But of course our provincial assessment FSAs use numbers without names….
But even then there are some word choices within the mindset of figuring out where the learners may “be”…
So…as we shift further away from the vague and outdated letter grade system, how do we come into alignment with what the categories should mean….
Do we just not panic about the word choice and instead focus on the right words that can provide descriptive feedback that is meaningful for continued growth and learning on students Individual Learning Journeys….yep – imagine if every learner was on an IEP…!