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Peter Reynolds on facing the “testing camera”

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I cried a little this morning when I watched it. Peter H. Reynolds’ new animated short, The Testing Camera, is a frightening look at the message our focus on high-stakes testing sends to our children.  Saddened that her art class is canceled young Daisy is forced into a room to face her turn with the [...]

Kaizena: improving voice feedback for student writing

Back in May I was excited to discover Voice Comments–a great tool for personally adding voice feedback to student writing or collaborative work. Recently, the app relaunched with a new interface and a bunch of impressive new features, as Kaizena.  (In Japan, Kaizen refers to a philosophy of continuous improvement.) If Google Docs is a way of life at [...]

Kathy’s updated assessments

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Over the last few years, student products have changed.  The Common Core State Standards force us to focus specifically on new sets of criteria. And so we find ourselves independently developing new rubrics and assessments. Happily, my/our dear friend Kathy Schrock stepped up to address the wheel-reinvention issue. Her updated assessment Guide covers assessment options for [...]