High School Assessment & Grading ~ some ideas.

I came across this presentation by Tom Schimmer some time ago (in August actually). Ideas on grading & assessment in high schools. Worth a look!


Explaining Rhizomatic Learning

The problem is I should know better. All of the work you see daddy typing into the computer, when i go on trips or when i’m chatting with people on skype… this is what i tell them. We shouldn’t decide beforehand what we’re going to learn. We shouldn’t decide what’s ‘right or wrong or false’ just to make it easier. When we do that… we stop having fun. We stop making stuff up. And we stop creating.

This excerpt is from an excellent blog post by Dave Cormier. In it he explains ‘rhizomatic learning’ to his 5 year old son. Amazing stuff – and this quote is wonderful – How often do we miss an opportunity for deep meanignful learning when we decide what is true or false and simply move on without exploring. Read this post, it is worth it. How can you make learning in your classroom ‘rhizomatic’?

Classroom Walls

What I’m thinking of, however, is an organically cluttered classroom that reflects the students who work there. Entering a classroom where the only things posted are tornado and fire drill instructions makes me wonder about the ideas that are shared in that space, the value of the products created. Even the most direct, knowledge-transmission instruction begs for images, samples, graphics, mistakes and exemplars–and further questions. Things to wonder about, to contemplate.

From the blog post: Classroom Walls: We Don’t Need No Thought Control – Teacher in a Strange Land – Education Week Teacher by Nancy Flanagan.

Interesting thoughts on classroom & school wall displays. Nancy also shares some neat ideas for displays. Will your walls reflect rules, regulations and the like, or will it reflect the learning that takes place within?