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Feb 26, 2020 jjamison

Collecting Evidence of Learning

Whether in elementary or secondary classrooms, today’s curricula are far too complex to assess using products only. A case in point comes from students in a third-grade classroom. Each student identified two goals for the upcoming term - one learning goal and one social responsibility goal. One very reflective and honest student set the goal of being more collaborative and encouraging with her classmates - the teacher’s paraphrase of her very direct, “I need to be less bossy and get in fewer fights!” Molly then made a y-chart about what others would hear, see, and feel when she was meeting this goal. Although it looks differently in secondary classrooms, students also are involved in identifying evidence of their learning. Consider Stephanie Doane, a high school Social Studies teacher, who has students provide proof of their own learning in relation to key process standards, as well as a personal goal area. Read our latest blog to learn more about collecting evidence of learning and involving learners of all ages in the process.

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Collecting Evidence and Portfolios: Engaging Students in Pedagogical Documentation

This book, the fourth in the Knowing What Counts series, for teachers who want to help their students learn more by involving them in assessment, explains how to authentically involve students in tangible, practical, and possible ways as they collect evidence of their learning. In this book, the authors re-frame “pedagogical documentation” to include the deep involvement of students, regardless of their age. When the process for creating portfolios and preparing collections of evidence is designed well, it is simple enough to be sustained in very busy and diverse classroom settings.

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Quality Assessment in High Schools: Accounts from Teachers

Renowned leaders in the field of classroom assessment, Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst and researcher/ writer Kathy Busick have gathered the wisdom and expertise of fifteen educators from Canada and the United States. The authors are high school teachers from a variety of disciplines. They offer a rich collection of practical classroom assessment ideas and solutions. This book will benefit teachers, teacher-leaders, principals, and district administrators in their daily work, giving them the understanding and confidence to carry out quality classroom assessment that will create and support successful lifelong learners.

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COLLECTING EVIDENCE OF LEARNING

When teachers involve students in collecting evidence of their own learning over time, it not only increases the validity of the evidence of learning, it also provides multiple opportunities for students to differentiate their own learning. Moving forward with evidence of learning involves:

  • Identify the learning destination - what you want students to know, understand, do, and articulate - for an upcoming unit of study.
  • Think about and record the evidence of learning you and your students could collect in relation to the learning destination, considering conversations, observations, and products.
  • Review the list and ask yourself questions such as the following from Making Classroom Assessment Work(Davies, 2011, p. 54):
    • Will the evidence show whether or not students have learned what they need to learn?
    • Am I collecting evidence from multiple sources?
    • Am I collecting enough evidence to see patterns over time?
    • Am I collecting too much evidence?
    • How can my students be involved in collecting and organizing the evidence?

This module is designed for you and your colleagues. There are videos, readings, classroom video footage and more to assist you as you deepen your knowledge about ways to involve students in collecting evidence of learning, as well as ways you might want to consider collecting evidence of their learning.

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