In the last quarter of the 2019-2020 school year, the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium presented four sessions with Rick Wormeli on Assessment & .. Read more Grading to Support Learning at Home, focusing on effective principles and practices, particularly in our challenging situation with all students learning at home instead of in their school buildings due to the pandemic outbreak of Covid-19. In three two-hour, interactive sessions, we examined assessment and grading principles and how they apply to grading while students are learning at home, differentiated instruction, descriptive feedback techniques, and how to minimize cheating and plagiarizing. To continue supporting Alberta educators in this effort, ERLC is offering a series of presentations by Rick Wormeli for the 2020-21 school year that extend ideas from the Assessment & Grading to Support Learning at Home series, and introduce new content supportive of those principles that apply to both in-person AND remote learning scenarios. More than grading, descriptive feedback gains a powerful new role in a world in which students are learning from home. If we embrace the assessment principles in the first session of the series, we know that assessment without actionable response to it is a waste of everyone’s time; learning is lost. In the earlier session (please refer to recorded webinar), we looked at basic descriptive feedback principles and some specific techniques. This session includes a brief reminder of those practices, but then continues the topic with more principles and strategies, sample practice providing feedback, and a look at how descriptive feedback helps students self-monitor their learning progress and build student agency, owning their learning.
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