Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Learning From Student Work


I hope that everyone is enjoying some much deserved time off with family and friends. In the spirit of being thankful, this week I would like to give thanks to you…. the teachers, school leaders and administrators. Your dedication to your students, staff and school is what creates promise for the generations to come. Thank you.

As we move into December, educators know their students. They have assessed, are progress monitoring, and continue to push their students to engage in new content. One protocol teachers can bring to PLCs or grade level meetings is Learning from Student Work. What I love about this protocol is that it gives educators a time to engage with each other in professional dialogue around instruction. Before looking at two resources, take a look at the Teaching Channel’s video of educators engaging in this practice.

Atlas’ Learning from Student Work protocol is featured on the National School Reform Faculty website. This resource serves as a tool to guide teachers in discovering what students understand and how they are thinking. The protocol takes about one hour, if followed closely and provides educators an opportunity to really dive into one students work in order to analyze their learning and understanding. What comes out of this conversation are misconceptions, next steps and reteaching opportunities.


Many times teachers engage in the routine of learning from student work. However, educators can bring this practice back to the classroom in a different way. Examining Student Work: A Constructivist Protocol invites students to join in on the conversation. In this protocol, students undergo a “self assessment” with the ultimate goal of generating insights and increasing student investment in their work. Why not provide students the opportunity to reflect with the hopes of increasing their engagement and investment?

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