Assessment in Proficiency-Based Classrooms

3 examples using blended learning Let’s explore how some Vermont teachers are shifting their instruction and assessment practices to move all students toward proficiency. Three […]

Why do action research?

5 benefits of doing action research in the classroom Teachers are constantly tinkering, creating, learning, and growing. Action research is a slightly formalized version of […]

3 ways to use Google Forms to streamline your workflow

For exit tickets, student support & action research Using Google Forms and Google  Sheets together can streamline your process and make all your tasks feel […]

How to evaluate student-led conferences

Feedback, feedback, feedback! As educators, it’s absolutely critical that we reflect on our practices, especially new ones. As schools around the state finish with parent-teacher […]

Brainstorming and Research in PBL

You’ve done an engaging entry event. You have a plan for your PBL unit with a focused driving question. Sweet! Now it’s time for the […]

How can students reflect on their PLPs?

Students themselves tell the best stories of their learning We wish we could hand you the one right way for students to reflect on their […]

Entry events for project-based learning

Start with the dramatic, unexpected & memorable Q: What do we really want from project-based learning? A: We want students to care about this subject. […]

4 shifts for student-led conferences in a proficiency-based environment

The student-led conference as performance assessment Student-led conferences are a key strategy in personalized, student-centered educational practices. And they’re even more important and potentially powerful […]

4 ways to begin using scales for assessment

Getting started assessing proficiency School systems in Vermont and elsewhere are in the midst of a shift to proficiency-based learning. At the early stages, this transformation can […]

Looking to try more student-directed learning?

Test the waters with “Genius Groups” Start by turning your class over to students. You heard me. Set aside classroom time to let your students […]

What work-based learning in Vermont can look like

On exploring flexible pathways to learning This past August, Vermont Secretary of Education Dr Rebecca Holcombe addressed the 2016 Amplifying Student Voice & Partnership Conference […]

3 types of videos for showcasing content areas

Structures & examples for student filmmakers Many students love working with video. Students can create videos for any subject to show specifically what they’re learning, […]

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