Teacher’s Corner

Upstream Thinking . . . How to know you’re succeeding?

“Choosing the wrong short-term measures can doom upstream work.  The truth is, though, that short-term measures are indispensable.  They are critical navigational aids.” ~ Dan Heath The phrase, “short-term measures are indispensable,” brings to mind the vital role that the formative assessment process plays in the learning environment.  According to the Michigan Assessment Consortium, “formative …

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Upstream Thinking . . . How to get early warning of the problem?

“Much of the discussion in education reform centers on implementing new technology, curricula, and school models, and on attracting more investment and talent.  Meetings where educators gather to talk about students? Systems and structures to ensure that students reliably receive the support they need?  That’s not on anyone’s short list of cutting-edge, high-impact reform.”  ~ …

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