Unleashing Curiosity by Assessing for Learning

Unleashing Curiosity by Assessing for Learning

Publication date: 2018
ISBN: 978-0-9993549-9-5

Assessment can accomplish so much more than assigning a grade! It can deepen the bonds of trust and shared commitment between teacher and student—and among students—helping the class see that when it comes to mastering content, they’re all in it together. With this 8-page durable guide that is part of our Curiosity Works® series, teachers can transform assessment from a chore to an integral and exciting aspect of learning.

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For many students, school can feel like a series of meaningless hurdles to clear in a long marathon of tests, grades, and report cards. Instead of inspiring students to learn, we often quash their curiosity by using tests and grades to insist they learn. Unsurprisingly, the longer students stay in school, the less motivated they are to learn academic content. However, when we reimagine the assessment process and engage students in it, we increase their motivation to learn, persistence in difficult tasks, confidence, and ability to engage in deep learning.

McREL’s Curiosity Works® resources are based in part on a successful system-wide effort in Melbourne, Australia, that improved student achievement by helping teachers and school leaders develop precision without prescription, unleashing student curiosity. Combining these insights with McREL’s analysis of best education practices from around the world, our Curiosity Works resources support a better way of transforming schools—not through top-down pressure, but by helping teachers and school leaders work together to develop shared professional expertise and leverage the power of motivation and curiosity.

Pages: 8
Language: English
Publisher: McREL International
Edition: First
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Our Unleashing Curiosity guides are part of McREL’s Curiosity Works® resources. Based in part on a successful system-wide effort in Melbourne, Australia, that improved student achievement by unleashing student curiosity, these resources give teachers and school leaders tips, suggestions, and ideas to encourage professional dialogue with other teachers and increase student curiosity. Combining these insights with McREL’s analysis of best education practices from around the world, our Curiosity Works resources support a better way of transforming schools—not through top-down pressure, but through helping teachers and school leaders work together to develop shared professional expertise and leverage the power of motivation and curiosity.