Bookmarked Dear Report Cards, You Suck. – BlogMoore 2018 (blogmoore2018.com)
The grade game is a big thing. Throughout the year every teacher and student will play it. This year we changed the game, and we changed our classroom. I was able to get feedback all the time. I was able to use technology. I learned to self-assess. I had time to revise and check my work which made my writing better. Because I showed evidence of growth and learning, I became a B student.
Year 6 student, Lynton, reflects on the problems with report cards and the power of technology to transform learning. This is interesting reading, especially in light of the work being done by ACER around growth and the new Gonski review, which is pushing for a focus on growth.
Replied to #rawthought: Weed or Wish: Sunday Morning Metaphors (AmusED)
what if what we thought was detrimental was really beneficial? what if the messy was better than the perfectly manicured? what if the foreign (or at least outside influence) was better than the domestic?
Amy, this reminds me of your post about balance and seasons. So often we focus our attention of giving student choice and action, without scaffolding to that point.

We cannot just rip the ‘weeds’ out. There must be flowers in their place for the bees. This is not about ignoring the weeds to me, but accepting then for now for the place they serve.

I think that Benjamin Doxtdator captures this in a recent post on instruction in the classroom:

There is a strong and powerful role for direct instruction and using model texts, but this must take place inside a larger liberatory project that aims to undo deficit theories of language use.

It is about the intent and sometimes that is where the wish lays waiting.

Liked Avoid Binary Thinking. Go To The Grey. by Chris Wejr (chriswejr.com)
it is EASY to tweet a dichotomous statement in a succinct manner that gets people’s attention and gets 100s of retweets; but we often lose out on the grey and miss out on the opportunity to engage.Β  If we do feel the need to make a polarizing statement, we need to be willing to engage when someone challenges us. Β Keep the social in social media; respond when we are respectfully challenged so the conversation can move deeper and move to the heart of the statement. We need to continually reflect, be willing to be challenged and open to others’ ideas and opinions.