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Preparing Students to Share Evidence of Learning
While formal reports will be a part of how teachers communicate, students also need to be involved in sharing their learning with others. Numbers and other symbols can only tell part of the story; everyone learns when student learning - illustrated through work samples and demonstrations - is the focus of the conversation.
These learning conversations and celebrations might be online conferences where students showcase their learning for parents and others. They might be at-home conferences or at-school gatherings where students show parents and others what they've been learning and what they've accomplished. Even experienced teachers prepare thoughtfully knowing that preparation, especially with young children, can be challenging.
For some people it is helpful to have an image of what this might look like. In this video clip, Alison Carveiro, a teacher of 6- to 7-year-olds, works with a group of first grade students to select work samples from mathematics that show their growth and progress.
Please watch this video with great appreciation for Alison and her students as they share their classroom with us. You will be asked to register for free access as this provides a safe and respectful place for classroom footage to be shared - your contact information will not be shared or used for any other purpose.
As you watch, consider how you help prepare your students to show their learning. We invite you to share your successful strategies with us in the comment window.
All our best,
Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst
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