A System of Best Practices: Assessment Practices that Maximize Student Learning

In the Building a Strong Foundation for Learning Part 1 post, I posed the analogy of going to a personal trainer and considering fitness and health goals before coming up with a plan of action. Revisiting that analogy is helpful in understanding the role of assessment in a system of best practices. After your personal… Continue reading A System of Best Practices: Assessment Practices that Maximize Student Learning

A System of Best Practices: Building a Strong Foundation for Learning Part 2

PART 2: Components of clear learning goals Because I have learned that I don’t know it all and that I’m not always right, I would like to briefly preface this post with my reasons for advocating for this method of crafting learning goals.  These approaches are reflective of experienced and well-researched minds in education. Among… Continue reading A System of Best Practices: Building a Strong Foundation for Learning Part 2

A System of Best Practices: Building a Strong Foundation for Learning Part 1

PART 1: Why are learning goals so important? If you wanted to make intentional and powerful changes in your health, you might hire a personal trainer. Before you would even step on a treadmill, lift any weights of any sizes, or begin to map out a weekly fitness routine, a personal trainer would first help… Continue reading A System of Best Practices: Building a Strong Foundation for Learning Part 1

A System of Best Practices: Introduction

Classrooms are complex environments. Could they be anything else when the bodies that fill them come with their own histories, needs, strengths, preferences, and interests? It’s no wonder that improving academic achievement for any student would be just as complex a process, just as multi-faceted a consideration, as the environments in which learning occurs. The… Continue reading A System of Best Practices: Introduction