Who Owns the Data?

Apr 21

Who Owns the Data?

Any working in a district or school talking about “data driven decision making?” I see that hand. Data has been a big word for a long time. I have a natural knee jerk reaction reaction to the word for two reasons. 1. In many cases, the data that is being used in schools is often superficial, low level test scores. Not always but in an effort to have lots...

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The Thing that Bugs Me

Mar 15

The Thing that Bugs Me

The most challenging aspect of teaching for me is understanding my role and responsibility for student learning. Teaching undergrads, many who are in their 4th year and preparing to enter the teaching field is mostly very exciting. I generally am thrilled to be able to introduce my students to so many new ideas and people that I believe will empower them as they get...

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If You Hate Doing Assessment, You’re Doing it Wrong

Apr 27

If You Hate Doing Assessment, You’re Doing it Wrong

For many teachers, grading and assessment are the duties of teaching most would rather avoid. I get it. For many these things get it the way of learning in that they are contrived , mandated, artificial and time consuming. My personal evolution with assessment is well documented here but as I continue to tweak my workflow and process have to come see this has a...

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I.S.S. The Collaborative Lip Dub

Apr 09

I love this song. I love what Commander Hadfield has been doing as part of his mission. He’s done an outstanding job in bringing us into the world of space travel and along the way reminding us what a wonderful world we live in. I love lip dubs. I’ve been part of making a few. While they’ve been around for a while I think they represent the power...

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Return to ECMP

Mar 21

I once offered some year long PD on digital storytelling and in addition to an evaluation of the course after it was complete, I did a follow up evaluation asking them a year later if the learning they did was making a difference in their classrooms. I’ve said for a long time that if we really want to assess school we need to include evaluation and assessments...

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It Takes All Kinds: Communities

Feb 27

It Takes All Kinds: Communities

This is the third in a 4 part series. You can read  part one and part two if you like. This one is very specific to my work but hopefully will resonate at some level. This is also cross posted on the DEN blogs. The truth is this post has already been written, and is the post that got me thinking about this whole series. I’m just going to add a few additional...

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