This is from Annemarie Orth in Maine:
I have been thinking lately about how to make the learning visible in a TCI classroom. There are a few reasons why I’ve been thinking about this. In February I’m going to attend a monthly event at HGSE (Harvard graduate school of education) called “rounds” in which teachers gather and look at student work together. I’m not necessarily going to bring in something, but I will participate in the discussion. It also would be cool to bring in some learning from a TCI classroom and have other non-WL TCI teachers discuss it!
Also, the WL middle school teachers in our district are collaborating on a common assessment in which we can show student progress over a period of time in order to demonstrate our capability as teachers (the data forms part of the teacher evaluation portfolio.)
The most concrete form of “making learning visible” I can think of is a free write. What else can you or people on the blog think up? In other classes students do projects, etc. And ironically here at King as we are an Expeditionary Learning school, “final products” are valued as excellent way of making learning visible.
I’m also curious about the relationship between documentation and assessment. How do others document student learning in their classrooms?