I want to thank all the amazing people who attended the two sessions I presented at the B.C. Primary Teachers Association in beautiful Nanaimo, B.C. on October 21, 2016. Kudos to the wonderful BCPTA executive for organizing a great conference. Faye Brownlie started off the day with an inspiring keynote. The selection of presentations and speakers was outstanding. Thank you all for your hard work and massive amount of time and effort.
In my sessions we discussed the ‘Knowing, Understanding and Doing’ model of the revised curriculum. We ‘dug a little deeper’ into how all the pieces fit together. We looked into the 6 practices of Formative Assessment and the importance using assessment to inform instruction. The questions we need to ask ourselves for each student (Where is the student in their learning? Where do they need to go? How are they going to get there?) were explored. By using developmental continuum’s, rubrics (co-created with students), and performance standards, everyone will be able to answer these questions (students, teachers and parents).
We explored viewing Communicating Student Learning as an on-going, communication process, versus a ‘one time’ event report card. Times have changed, curriculum has changed, and how we communicate the learning needs to change. We are the conductors of the learning in our classrooms and need to provide learning opportunities that allow students to explore their passions and interests through an inquiry approach. Please find the power point presentation and supporting resources that I shared at the sessions on my blog. I look forward to continuing the conversation about ‘linking assessment and curriculum’ with you in the future.