Matt and Courtney answer a listener question about defining competency. We offer ways to break down the existing framework into something more meaningful for both teachers and learners.
Matt and Courtney respond to some media about mastery of standards, and how some people reject mastery in favor of the older system. You know how we feel about this.
Matt and Courtney continue their "back to the beginning" talk with a good one - how do we use scoring scales appropriately in the classroom? And maybe even more importantly, how do we teach the teachers how to do this? We call back to the Yes/No game we did last year as a way to introduce this concept to teachers, and how we can build their skills while changing their mindset.
Matt and Courtney go back to the beginning and talk what/how/WHY standards? Why are the three parts of a standard crucial to writing good ones? And how do we show that to teachers?
Matt and Courtney talk about how we occasionally disconnect what we do upfront with culture building with learners and the follow-through, especially trying to break down the barriers of teachers being always "the boss". Courtney offers up some easy and quick techniques on how to help break down this dynamic.
Matt and Courtney come up with Gary Chapin's next band name while discussing better ways to think about large-scale assessment systems.
Matt and Courtney talk about personalized learning, but only using the most used ten hundred words. We think it might explain a lot about what it is and what it isn't.
The inspiration came from the great xkcd, specifically this image: https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/up_goer_five.png
Maine Education Matters, you've been challenged.
Matt and Courtney talk about the mind-shift from work completion to learning. It's harder than you think, but there are some ways to help think this through to make it useful for you.
Matt and Courtney ask what we need to know about what learners know. In that, we talk about how assessment and learning are a giant Mobius strip.
Update. Courtney went and searched, and searched. At first it could not be found. Then an internet miracle! She found it again! You can read the blog from 2012 (wow) here.