I am a Special Educator who has been teaching individuals with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) for nearly ten years. These students have ranged from those with extremely complex needs to higher-functioning individuals at varying ages - from KS1 to College level. My last teaching post was working with young adults and adults (16+) at an amazing, specially-built ASD provision attached to a mainstream college. The ethos at this provision was that all young people, regardless of a
Quick post here to create some clarity and some common language around: 1. Assessment and evaluation 2. How to differentiate between the assessment and evaluation 3. Clarifying some supporting terms including: metrics, measures, standards, indicators, outcomes and more. To create clarity, defined terms will be shown in ALL CAPS. BOTTOM LINE UP FRONT: Essentially, assessment is the act of measuring. Whereas, evaluation is the act of making meaning from one’s measurements. As
The first grade I ever received on a college exam was a big, ugly 65 percent. I was devastated. How I would react to this shock is a testament to my having been taught through PBL. As my friend Jess Sloan mentioned in a recent blog post, in PBL, exposing students to failure is imperative. I remember that, for me, not only was it hard to learn to think on my feet, but it was even more difficult to learn how to emotionally recover from failures. Though I learned the skill of de
Creativity and innovation have become buzz words in education. Going from buzz word to buzz worthy is the tricky part.
Sir Ken Robinson says creativity is the “process of having original ideas that have value.” Innovation is going a step further and taking your original ideas to fruition, to execute on your ideas. Creativity and innovation are different, but interrelated. Most seem to agree that we need more creativity and innovation in schools and in industry, but few prov
Sarah Fowler is a sixth grade math and science teacher whose middle school offers annual project based learning workshops to all teachers. This year she decided to participate in the training in order to develop a project for her unit on sustainable energy. Sustainable energy is a topic with which she feels her students should be able to connect, but in the past she has used textbook- based units, and her students seemed to her very disengaged. She hopes that by designing
Several years ago, Jennifer Rust, a math teacher at John Dubiski Career High School in Dallas, Texas, attended the first day of a three-day workshop for Project Based Learning (PBL). She came with an open mind, but had her fair share of reservations about PBL’s applicability to her teaching practice. During the first few hours, the facilitating consultant asked the workshop participants to share their vision for the “ideal graduate” by generating a list of characteristics the