Using Interviews to Document Learning: Four Considerations

Interviews provide some of the best data we can gather about learners and learning, but planning and executing a high quality interview is often challenging. Whether interviews happen during writing […]

Documentation Tools: Five Considerations for a “Just Right” Fit

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Pedagogical documentation enables us to capture learning made visible and assess our students’ strengths and needs without disrupting the learning process. One potential anecdote to the testing mess, documentation inspires […]

Documenting Learning in the Makerspace: A Peek Inside Our Process at Roy B. Kelley School

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The Backstory: I’ve spent the last week helping Heather Bitka and Rachel O’Sheehan launch a brand new makerspace in Roy B. Kelley School in Lockport. This project began with solid […]

How do we distinguish learning from its products?

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As I’ve begun supporting teachers’ first efforts to document for learning, this question continues winding its way through nearly every conversation: How do we distinguish learning from its products? This seems […]

The Struggle to Define Powerful Purposes for Documentation

Teachers analyze different kinds of evidence in order to construct hunches that help them serve learners well. Clear answers are rare, but if we pay attention, we know when we’re getting closer […]

Make Writing: 5 Teaching Strategies that Turn Writer’s Workshop into a Maker Space

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Guess what? I wrote a book! That’s right: Make Writing: 5 Teaching Strategies that Turn Writers Workshop into a Maker Space debuted Friday and quickly became an Amazon Best Seller. A big […]

Five Stars for the Common Core: How Would You Design a Review?

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We’re years into daily debate about the Common Core, and just this week, Commissioner Elia invited feedback on the Common Core Learning Standards through this survey, conducted by the New York […]

The Teach Kindness Project: 52 Ways to Make a Colleague’s Day

In case you’ve missed it, Mark Barnes launched a pretty fabulous education app this month. Hack Learning puts solutions to some of our greatest classroom challenges right in the palm […]

Three Moves Learners Should Make Visible

I’ve learned a great deal about visible learning and documentation beside the teachers I’ve supported this year. Rather than lifting and dropping a handful of previously conceived best practices into […]

Six Things to Think About as You Establish Habits of Documentation

To question or not to question? That’s where teachers I work with begin using Grounded Theory to study and document visible learning. Are you about to embark on your own […]