Reflection on Assessment Strategies Course

As Rick Stiggins writes in his 2008 Assessment Manifesto, “to support learning, assessments must move beyond merely informing the instructional decisions of teachers and school leaders to informing decisions made by students, too.”   Providing formative feedback, allowing for, creating, and supporting the necessary accommodations and modifications, and including students in the process of defining how their […]

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On your marks…

It’s here! School starts this week. Well not quite. Our admin team gets started just a bit earlier to be here to support the arrival of new teachers who arrive ahead of the returning team. So, almost. Anyway, as I’m thinking about this week and the excitement that we all feel, especially our newbies, I’m […]

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Professional Growth

I’ve been hung up on an idea. I’m hoping to see how we support teacher’s professional growth at our school change. I’m driven to see them creating and maintaining a professional eportfolio of their work. I see that eportfolio functioning as evidence of achieving their professional goals for evaluation and supervision, but more importantly as evidence of […]

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Do we have lift off?

Day 2 of our Collaborative Learning Plan, which, if you didn’t attend the AASSA Looking for Learning pre-conference would be Day 1, but anyway..  (here’s a look at my Day 1, pre-conference reflection) I just couldn’t keep up. I had committed myself to read and respond to all of our team’s reflections and as many […]

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Gaining Momentum

  Wrapping up the first day of our Collaborative Learning Plan. Here are some quick thoughts. It’s taken quite a bit of my attention to follow the group attending the conference today. Not sure if it is realistic for other teachers at AC to do the same while they are in the middle of their […]

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Momentum

I’m so excited to see how this project goes. Our school is preparing for a group of teachers to head off on a learning expedition. They’re off to Lima to participate in the AASSA Educators Conference 2016, Looking for Learning.  I’m staying here. My goal next week is to help be the conduit for which […]

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Applying the LangWitch’s Lessons

Though it’s been a few weeks since our workshop with Silvia Tolisano, the ideas she shared are still ringing in my ears. While I felt I had an understanding of many of the things she discussed, I realize now how much I didn’t yet understand, and how her framing of a number of ideas clarified a […]

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Learning from a Witch

Last week, I was lucky enough to spend some time with Silvia Tolisano. She delivered a half day workshop for a small group of teachers at our school. While I do have some critiques of the format of the workshop – all lecture, with no “doing” component- I still found the message and the ideas she […]

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Getting started

I’ve been promising myself I’d start this blog for years, and am finally deciding to make it so. A few things are prompting this… I’m a year and a half into my position as the Director of Technology at an amazing international school in Quito, Ecuador. I had intended this be something I do from […]

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