What is your whY?

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What is your whY? Sitting in a local school meeting this week, a high school principal shared an exercise he recently used with his department heads. Without going into too much detail, he gave the teachers a test in order to experience what students go through every day. His goal was to remind them to be mindful of why they assess students. The “why” of assessments is to see if students have learned the important information in a given course or whether they have mastered a skill set. Understanding the why naturally leads to important thinking about the how. How do we teach? How do we assess? What methods do we use to teach and assess? I recalled how many times in the last few weeks I asked my clients the very the same thing. It is that time of year at CES when we renew … [Read more...]