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Marcia Powell

April 21, 2016

Notes from the First TPS Design Thinking Chat, Week 3

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What sticky questions are big enough that we need to really empathize with more than our own viewpoint?  How can we work together to make that idea grow into possibilities that can lead to increased value in our schools, our classrooms, and our communities?

If you've ever asked,  "How can I.....," check out the potential of design thinking.  Ready. Set. Go. We can solve this...together.

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Bill Ferriter

April 12, 2016

New Slide: Prioritizing Grading over Feedback

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I'm more than a little spent tonight. Not sure why, but I don't have a ton to give.  Whenever I get to that point, I like to work on slides.  Something about tinkering with words and colors and layouts leaves me refreshed.

So I whipped up a slide for a thought that has been sitting in the back of my mind for a while now.  I think it reflects an uncomfortable truth about what schools have become in our quest for accountability.

Hope that it challenges your thinking.  More importantly, I hope that you use it to challenge someone else's thinking:

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Bill Ferriter

March 24, 2016

Activity - Where Am I Going Reflection Sheet

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As regular Radical readers know, I've been tinkering with student-involved assessment practices over the past several years.  My goal is to turn feedback into detective work -- a concept that assessment expert Dylan Wiliam argues is essential to producing the kinds of self-reliant, reflective learners that will succeed in an increasingly complex work world.

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Jessica Cuthbertson

March 23, 2016

Deeper Learning For All

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For too many teachers, deeper learning only happens on our own and outside of our schools. During the summers, on weekends, or after the final bell rings, we sign on to virtual learning communities of practice to engage with powerful networks of teachers thirsty for deeper learning. This is one of many reasons why the recently released report “Teacher Leadership and Deeper Learning” by Barnett Berry is so important.

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