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UP Campaign February 2017

Looking at Student Work

What did they learn, and how do we know?
Hands-on, project-based work engages students in ways they find exciting and motivating.  But the products of this work—performances, presentations, constructed displays, visual representations, and more—don’t look like traditional paper-and-pencil assignments or tests. How can we see the learning that students are doing when they’re engaged in this kind of non-traditional schoolwork? How can we asses such work in ways that give us essential information about what and how the students are learning, as well as what we need to do as teachers to help them continue their learning? In this workshop, we considered the kinds of assignments and tasks that help reveal student learning, as well as strategies for examining and assessing that learning.
Guest Presenter:
Tina Blythe has been a researcher with Harvard University's Project Zero since 1988. She has focused on professional development, teacher inquiry, and collaborative assessment of student work. 
She is the author of The Teaching for Understanding Guide and Looking Together at Student Work.

- Teacher comment

Participants engaged in a hands on experiment to attempt to fly a paper airplane carrying 10 pennies using only paper and tape. One group of "students" took on the project, while another group became the "observers." Throughout the process, they paused to reflect on what they were learning and how they could best document that learning.  Tina also shared a rubric to assess the learning and the participants had the opportunity to reflect on how they assess student work in their classrooms.  


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