Inquiry Group Resources
Inquiry Group Focus for 2012-13: Student Engagement
Cycle of Inquiry and Action Research Resources
- Standards in Practice - does the student learning match up to the what the standard identifies as important for a student to know and be able to do? This protocol helps clarify the issues around this.
- The Tuning Protocol - get constructive feedback on lesson plans before you implement them in the classroom.
- Charrette - Have an idea for a lesson or assessment that needs some collaborative feedback to set it in motion? The charrette is intended for works in progress.
- Assessment for learning: A key to motivation and achievement - An excellent overview of assessment in the new century. From the introduction: “The role of schools has changed. Schools previously sorted students from the highest to the lowest achievers. But now schools have evolved into places where all students are expected to meet increasingly rigorous academic standards. Assessments now must support the learning of all students so that all can succeed at meeting standards.”
Standards - Based Grading
- The Case Against the Zero - Douglas Reeves - The original 2004 (2 page) article. “Even those who subscribe to the “punishment” theory of grading might want to reconsider the way they use zeros."
- Harvard Project Zero - Visible Thinking - Harvard's Visible Thinking site with excellent resources including articles on a culture of thinking in education and the complete set of Thinking Routines.
- Teach Like a Champion, Chapter One - Doug Lemov's book on teaching strategies is if nothing else, a lot of fun to read, since it is an in-depth look at the complex interactions of a classroom. Moreover, it's packed with ideas and thinking about how to get optimal results in the classroom, and contains practical things that teachers can try out tomorrow.
- The 49 Techniques of Teach Like A Champion - blogged by Jerry Webster. Webster is a blogger on education for about.com and in 2010 and early 2011 he blogged on every one of the 49 techniques. Not a substitute for the book, but a valuable guide and convenient way to orient oneself to the content of Doug Lemov's book.