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Studying Learning: A Quick Guide to Documentation, Reflection, and Analysis

On Friday, I’ll be working with students in the D’Youville School of Pharmacy, who are just beginning to develop habits of documentation, reflection, and qualitative data analysis. The document below […]

Using Qualitative Data to Grow Writers

Love is blind, and far too often, our relationships with quantitative data remain unhealthy. Despite evidence to the contrary, too many of us still believe that grades provide insight and that […]

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 […]

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

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

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?

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 […]

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 […]

Design Better Interventions for Your Students by Dumping Your Guiding Questions

This post continues a conversation that I started last week about visible learning, documentation, and the use of Grounded Theory methodologies. My thinking and work has evolved over time, in […]

Five Ways to Make Learning Visible

  As teachers prepare to help students make learning visible and document what is revealed, I’ve noticed that the pace of our preparation work typically stalls in the same places […]