4. Make the learning process transparent
Most students perform better when they understand the end goal. More important, though, says Wilson, is understanding the steps needed to get to a successful outcome. When Wilson assigns a project, for example, she outlines the steps with due dates for each and adds in time for students to get individual consultations. This helps students understand the process and take ownership of their grade because they’ve been given all the tools they need for success. They can also apply these insights to other projects in and out of school.
5. Help students take ownership of their learning
Wilson used to hand back assignments en masse, but she noticed her students weren’t looking at their grades or her comments. Now, she gives back work when she is able to talk with her students about their work and verbally share her feedback. In addition, students write reflections on designated projects. Through this strategy and the constant connection with students, Wilson feels that students have become stronger at self-assessment.
Finally, Wilson wanted participants to understand that all of these activities are intertwined and work together to build more effective teaching and learning. “I find that in my classroom … everything that I do connects to everything else that I do.”
About the Presenter
Cari Wilson is the elementary innovation and technology lead teacher for West Vancouver School District in British Columbia, Canada. With more than 20 years of classroom experience and a Masters in educational technology, Wilson works with teachers and students in West Vancouver and beyond, helping them implement technology in engaging, innovative, and thoughtful ways.
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Siobhan Nordstrom is the community manager for FreshGrade and is certified in adult continuing education. Over the last three years, she has led dozens of professional development sessions, all of which have impacted the way that educators communicate learning through e-portfolios.
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