Welcome


My interest in the idea of sharing pedagogical purposes comes directly with the contact I have had with the Project for Enhancing Effective Learning at Monash University in Australia. Now each of these teachers were very active in establishing learning agendas with their classes. The impact they were having was inspiring. Each classroom tool can have a purpose beyond delivering content, and this needs to be shared.
I suppose the purpose of this website is collate, crystalise and open dialogues about how to increase this within classrooms. As the quote from Carl Bereiter illustrates this classroom methodology can empower our students.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Two Types of complimentary pre-assessment.

Quality

Qualities
Broad PA (eg a multiple choice pre exam)
Specific PA (eg a hinge question or task.
Time period effective
Long Term
Short Term
Number of Learning Intentions examined
Many
One
When
Well before a module is designed
End of a lesson in time for next lesson
Informs
module design
lesson planning
direction of a lesson
Quality of information
Yes or No or maybe information on learning intentions
detailed information on student ideas of specific concepts- narrow and deep
ease of Demonstrating “progress”
Very
difficult - need to be  subject specialist to spot
Ease of demonstrating learning
Don't make me laugh
yes we are getting there
Ability to identify misconceptions
not really, although debatable if its useful for the students
Yes
Ability to reveal how students use knowledge
No
Possible
Who is this really for
Teacher and the System
Students and Teachers
Number of times each “concept” is tested
More than once
May be a single antecedent
will look like
Data
A mess of ideas
Ease of interpretation
Easy
More than likely requires PCK
Useful as an interim check
Yes
No
Useful for “observers of your lessons”`
Who cares, the observer must be more skilled.
Who cares, the observer must be more skilled.