FreshGrade: Emphasizing student autonomy, promoting conversation, and developing metacognition

by Deirdre Bailey and Kevin Sonico

Theme 1: Emphasizing student autonomy

The cultivation of student autonomy in an inquiry-­driven space suggests that students should both understand their learning goals and be able to assess what they need to do to reach them (Chappuis, 2009, Black & Wiliam, 2004). Continue reading “FreshGrade: Emphasizing student autonomy, promoting conversation, and developing metacognition”

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

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Inquiry Still Lives Here!

It has been a little while since we have posted some of the work that happens at Connect. In this latest installment of our video series, “Inquiry Lives Here”, three examples are shared. 1. Voice Your Vote – Grade 9 … Continue reading Inquiry Still Lives Here!

Outcomes based assessment: Planning for assessment tasks

-a research project by Kevin Sonico and Louis Cheng (grade 8/9 Math teachers) Terms such as benchmarks, competencies, standards, and outcomes are used interchangeably (Brindley, 2001) to indicate objectives that students must achieve. Hereafter referred to as outcomes-based assessment, the … Continue reading Outcomes based assessment: Planning for assessment tasks

Grade 4 Folk Song Unit: Making Alberta’s History Sing (Part 4: Going Further)

by Rick Fawcett  In this fourth installment of Grade 4’s Folk Song Unit series, I speak with Heather Fawcett and Jessica Kelly about the real “meat and potatoes” of their inquiry unit. They address the challenges a multi-dimensional project can present along with the manner in which student success is being measured. https://www.youtube.com/v/I179L7jp43c?version=3&f=user_uploads&c=google-webdrive-0&app=youtube_gdata In my role as Curriculum Portfolio Leader, I have been involved in each stage of this unit’s planning and I have been impressed with the amount of careful thought given by our Grade 4 team to each phase of this dynamic project. Students are quickly entering the … Continue reading Grade 4 Folk Song Unit: Making Alberta’s History Sing (Part 4: Going Further)

Student Learning Profiles (SLP’s) Part 4

By Tanya Stogre and Abby Saadeh Continuing the Journey with Pathbrite, we took up the challenge of finding See our second blog the most meaningful platform. After exploring a variety of platforms, Pathbrite emerged as one that could work best for all individuals and groups at our school. With this information, we launched into a pilot study with all 100 Grade 7 students, their parents, and teachers to track their experiences with this new platform. Initial survey results from all groups indicated a frustration with different platforms being used across and within grades and a lack of cohesion with requirements of the … Continue reading Student Learning Profiles (SLP’s) Part 4