Affirmation of Assessment Activity

In my previous post,  PD: If It’s Important,  I referred to a PD activity regarding our “Eight Big Ideas” for Assessment.

We did the activity with teachers today.  I realized, part way through, that it was an exercise in affirmation, and a very valuable one at that.  This sort of activity should be a regular feature in our PD program.

Teachers were in 8 heterogeneous groups across grade levels and subjects.  Each group had to use one of the eight big ideas to come up with one example of current practice that reflected that big idea.  The ideas were then shared with the entire group.

What ensued was, to me, a massive affirmation of where we are with assessment as a school.  And, how far we have come.  Teachers easily and readily came up with varied examples of how their classroom practices reflect these big ideas.  I hope the teachers could see this too.  Well done CA!  #canacad

About eadurkin

Originally a HS Mathematics teacher from New Zealand, currently working as Associate Principal in the Secondary School at Canadian Academy, an international school in Kobe, Japan. Married with two children.
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One Response to Affirmation of Assessment Activity

  1. Kaitlyn Rudy says:

    I am a student research assistant at Montana Tech of the University of Montana. Technology has created exciting ways to connect with others and form professional learning networks. As a part of an active member of a social media community made up of teachers, I wanted to contact you to ask you to participate in a study our research group is conducting.

    Research shows that face-to-face professional networks provide much needed professional and personal support to teachers. You and the community you belong to are providing these types of support using social media. We are interested in learning more about your experiences using social media to connect with other teachers and your opinions about online professional networks.

    The purpose of our study is to learn how professional learning networks created through social media are similar or different than face-to-face networks and what you feel are advantages of using social media to connect with other teachers. Our hope is that the results of this study will inform how professional networks for teachers are designed in the future. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to me at I will send you a link to a short online survey and will set up time for a short skype interview.

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    Kaitlyn Rudy
    Research Assistant
    Department of Mathematical Sciences
    Montana Tech of the University of Montana

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