- Create instruction based on what is essential for students to know. It is just important in this process to decide "what not to teach" as it is to decide "what to teach."
- Develop common formative assessments to determine if students understand the essential content.
- Create an environment where it is safe to fail during learning by using common formative assessments, homework, and other practice activities for the purpose of giving quality feedback, not for grading.
- Provide interventions for students who do not understand, as determined by the common formative assessments.
- Provide enrichment opportunities for students who already "get it," as determined by common formative assessments.
- Use summative assessments after providing appropriate practice, homework, formative assessments, quality feedback, enrichment.
- Allow for re-takes and re-does on summative assessments only after evidence of further learning by the student. Have the student create a plan on how they will further their understanding prior to the re-take.
- School policies and practices should support teachers and students in this process.
Monday, February 2, 2015
Growth Minded Instruction