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Dave Truss

What Does a Transformational 21st-Century School Look Like? - Education - GOOD - 15 views

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    The foundation illustrates a model that classifies schools as "traditional," "transitional," or "transformational." Chaltain says traditional schools "assume the student bears the primary responsibility for learning," while transitionals school put the responsibility on the teacher-the direction of  "just about every recently proposed accountability policy in the U.S.,"he says. A transformational school shares the responsibility "via a learning team that includes, and extends beyond, teacher and student."
Dave Truss

It's not 1985 | Ideas and Thoughts - 7 views

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    Digital writing is still a fringe idea. As with most things, unless their writing and writing in online spaces, they'll simply see writing as a course to be taught and not as essential to being a human being in 2011.
Dave Truss

Are you a writer? Show them. - 12 views

  • My “gut feeling” is that when we teach students to write, we do so too methodically. We sometimes allow adherence to form trump creativity. We assess according to state-issued rubrics that call for a certain structure to be followed. We “score” students on their abilities to be focused, include enough content, stay traditionally organized, use proper grammar and spelling, and use “style.” We neglect audience. We’re churning out writer-robots who spit back the format they think we want to see. We graphic-organizer-them to exhaustion.
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      Brilliant!
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    My "gut feeling" is that when we teach students to write, we do so too methodically. We sometimes allow adherence to form trump creativity... We neglect audience. We're churning out writer-robots who spit back the format they think we want to see. We graphic-organizer-them to exhaustion.
Dean Mantz

Langwitches Blog » Assessment of Learning via Skype - 11 views

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    @Langwitches provides graphic illustrations of her handouts, guidelines, and pre/during/post processes
Jacques Cool

U.S. Plans Major Changes in How Students Are Tested - NYTimes.com - 8 views

  • not only end-of-year tests similar to those in use now but also formative tests that teachers will administer several times a year to help guide instruction
  • students are given a problem — they could be told, for example, to pretend they are a mayor who needs to reduce a city’s pollution — and must sift through a portfolio of tools and write analytically about how they would use them to solve the problem.
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    "(...) not only end-of-year tests similar to those in use now but also formative tests that teachers will administer several times a year to help guide instruction (...)"
Jacques Cool

A 21st Century Education Film Series - 12 views

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    The twelve first-person films that make up this series explore three related themes, each in its own way at the center of current debate about what works, and what's needed, to help students succeed during school and in life.
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