For upcoming subject retreat days I put together a presentation about assessment. It includes diagnostic, formative and summative, as well as showing teachers how to use G.R.A.S.P.S. to create authentic/meaningful tasks. This is just a short presentation and there is so much more I could add, but I didn't want to overwhelm.
I worked with the subject coordinator for math, and she said she is keen to focus on GRASPS for her upcoming assessment day. I had a stab at turning some activities/ideas/themes from some of the textbooks they are using into GRASPS activities. Any feedback would be wonderful, as I am not a math teacher! Consider these examples a work in progress! GRASPS for Math.
I made a short presentation about inquiry questions for our upcoming subject retreat days. From what I have seen in my school, along with various others is:
I put together a presentation about statements of inquiry for some upcoming subject retreat days. Hopefully this is useful to you.LINK.
I put together this website to help my students prepare for their eAssessments.
I've just updated it today with the PCUP material which the IB just released. For Arts and Design, students can see the full PCUP. For Language Acquisition I don't provide the links, because for some of the tasks, they should see the prompts only ten minutes before the assignment (oral exams). Subject specific information is under 'May 2021 Exams and E-Portfolios'.
Here's our website - feel free to use/copy.
A short session I made for one of our advisory classes, focussing on Research AtLs (1. Use critical literacy skills to analyse and interpret media communications 2. Collect and analyse data to identify solutions and make informed decisions).
The students play a game developed by "The Clemson University Media Forensics Hub" called Spot the Troll. They then have a class discussion and also there is a prompt to 'take action'.
Feel free to make a copy.
I has the pleasure of speaking about the UN's Global Goals during a recent Highr Webinar. Here I explained how I use them in design class, and how you can use them too!
"In the run-up to #WorldSDGDay on September 25th, this webinar explores how crucial components of learning - empathy, design, play, and stories - can be interwoven with our teaching of the SDGs to help students understand the world they live in, and how they have the potential to be change makers."
You can watch a recording of the webinar here:
I have a three part workshop coming up soon, "Building Student Empathy & Perspectives", which will focus on the important of an empathy based classroom! I want my students to be successful, but I also want them to make a positive impact on the world! Empathy and perspective taking can help this happen!
The session will happen over three Sundays, starting on October 4th. Each session will be two hours along.
Aims of the workshop:
The Participant will be able to:
Here's a video sneak peak:
In yesterday's staff meeting we used the 'evaluating our IDU plans'. I put together a Google Doc version, where you can add if you are 'beginning/developing, using, or sharing' for each section. I also made a version, with Google Sheets, for evaluating general/subject plans. Please let me know which is better - the Google Doc version or the Google Sheets version. Make a copy by going to 'File' (below the document title, not on the top left of your screen, then select 'make a copy')
I really like this document, and it really helped me to see the areas that need improvements. I know that I am good at the 'inquiry' section of the unit, but maybe not always good at documenting everything in the 'action' section. I tend to have long, rolling google slides presentations, which has the learning process in (which students also see), so I upload those to our units. I also need to be better at documenting differentiation. I also know that the units make sense to me, but using these evaluating tools makes me more conscious of how much my unit would make sense to someone else. For example, this year I am only teaching Grade 6, so hopefully my Grade 7 and 8 units last year make sense. I'll also be on maternity leave soon, (you all remember how ill I was at the start of the year...I thought I had Covid...but turns out...baby!) so I need my units to be strong for those taking over.