Student Self-Assessment Practices That Work

Self-assessment is a valuable tool as it gives students the ability to really consider their learning and equally
as importanly, share that understanding with the teacher. Once we understand what students know and can do, both demonstrated in the work and their ideas about the work, we can adjust instruction and/or class pacing as needed. The more adept students become with this tool, the better tailored class time and assessments can be.

Changing The Way We Think About Assessment

Changing The Way We Think About Assessment Written By: Starr Sackstein   It seems like a blur now, the beginning of the summer. Almost like a dream when I had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the most amazing people for a wonderful project. The three-day writing journey was one I’ll never forget and one that […]

When Students Design the Assessment, Everyone Wins

Sometimes we throw ideas into the wind in our classroom and hope for the best. Even when we are intentional there are times that we just don’t know what will happen when we pass the baton to the kids. But this is a risk we must take because keeping control for ourselves, grossly limits the […]

Students Self-Assess for Mastery

In the third week of our start of school series for setting up a no-grades classroom, Isaac and I tackle the selection of power standards and building progressions for mastery learning. Isaac shares info about building these progressions in kinder-elementary aged students and I talk secondary. Your students thank you for taking this important step […]

Mastery Portfolio’s, Starr Sackstein on the Dr. Will Show

In this episode of the Dr. Will Show, Dr. Will Deyamport III and Starr Sackstein discuss the importance of shifting the conversation about and practices around how most schools approach grades.  Listen to this podcast to hear Mastery Learning Expert, Starr Sackstein share her knowledge around how and why schools should consider transitioning to asset-based […]