FreshGrade: Commendations, Recommendations & Limitations

(continued from earlier posts Deirdre’s Reflections, Kevin’s Reflection,  the introduction to our action research, emphasizing student autonomy) -by Deirdre Bailey and Kevin Sonico A major advantage of the FreshGrade tool that has been touched on briefly above but merits further discussion was … Continue reading FreshGrade: Commendations, Recommendations & Limitations

Deirdre’s Reflection – Finding Freshgrade: A journey through digital portfolio and online assessment

-by Deirdre Bailey My journey in assessment began in Grade 4 with a strict focus on engaging students in formative feedback in order to work toward involving them more effectively in the learning process. With an emphasis on teaching them … Continue reading Deirdre’s Reflection – Finding Freshgrade: A journey through digital portfolio and online assessment

Kevin’s Reflection – Finding FreshGrade: A journey through digital portfolio and online assessment

-by Kevin Sonico The shift from 9 years of teaching Grades 8 & 9 students to Grade 5 students proved to be an immensely transformative experience.  This change in my teaching assignment demanded my consideration of how to involve my younger students in their learning. There is a wide developmental chasm that exists between Grade 9 and Grade 5, and how to communicate their learning in a meaningful way deserved careful thought.  Further, there was the substantial question of how to engage their parents. I had numerous experiences with various forms of medium and all yielded divergent results when it … Continue reading Kevin’s Reflection – Finding FreshGrade: A journey through digital portfolio and online assessment

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Using Digital Portfolios To Engage Students and Parents To Communicate and Support Learning

-by Deirdre Bailey and Kevin Sonico The School Act states that one of the roles of teachers is to “regularly evaluate students and periodically report the results of the evaluation to the students, the students’ parents and the board” (2000 … Continue reading Using Digital Portfolios To Engage Students and Parents To Communicate and Support Learning

Forests and Trees: Inquiry Lives Here

Our Grade 6 Science students engaged in a study of a nearby natural space’s health with the guidance and their teachers, Greg Neil and Marla Paxton. By taking our students to the wild areas of Calgary, they engaged them in authentic issues we face as we balance the pressures of urban growth with the needs of the environment. Video by Rick Fawcett Continue reading Forests and Trees: Inquiry Lives Here