April 30, 2017

Reflection / Assessment / Peer Review / Progress Monitoring

Differentiation & Independent Learning (Colorado Springs School District 11)

A middle school Math teacher describes principles and strategies for conducting a mixed-age and mixed-level class. Emphasis on student collaboration, self-assessment, reflection, progress monitoring, and self-direction.

Scientific Inquiry 2 (Colorado Springs School District 11)

A middle school Science teacher discusses and demonstrates the principles she uses for experiential scientific inquiry. Focus on experimentation, problem solving, and daily reflection.

Scientific Inquiry 1 (Colorado Springs School District 11)

A first-year middle school Science teacher discusses the principles and strategies she applies in creating experiential, inquiry-based learning opportunities. Emphasis on guiding questions and metacognition.

Socratic Inquiry (Colorado Springs School District 11)

A middle school Language Arts teacher guides students in Socratic dialogue to interpret and explore their readings. Emphasis on students’ roles and responsibilities, use of evidence, and peer assessment.

Assessment for Learning (Aurora School District)

A K-8 teacher explains and shows how she assesses for skills, as well as helps learners assess themselves and peers, and reflect on their learning.

Assessment for Learning (Aurora School District)

Sampling of practitioners’ comments on 21st century learning: Assessment of learning, owning learning, inquiry process, essential skills, and metacognition

Learning FOR the 21st Century (Denver Public Schools)

Sampling of practitioners’ comments on 21st century learning: Assessment of learning, owning learning, inquiry process, essential skills, and metacognition

Promoting Student Independence (Littleton Public Schools)

Fifth grade students lead math lessons in collaboration with peers and 2nd graders. Students post recorded explanations. Use of multiple technologies. Focus on reflection, collaboration, self-direction, and achievement badges.

Digital Discourse (Littleton Public Schools)

Fifth grade teachers collaborate to individualize learning. One teacher leads the class; the other monitors the backchannel. Use of multiple technologies. Focus on reflection, information literacy, collaboration, and self-direction.

Inquiry Quest (Adams 12 Five Star Schools)

This district-developed ILT assessment (middle school) involves a student-selected inquiry project. The teacher conducts daily formative assessments. Focus on critical thinking, information literacy, inquiry, and problem solving.