Creating Independent Student Learners: A Practical Guide to Assessment for Learning, Volumes 4-6

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Portage & Main Press, 2006 - Education - 104 pages
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A Practical Guide to Assessment for Learning: Grades 4-6 is one book in the Creating Independent Student Learners set. The set includes guides for N-9 teachers and school leaders. The books can be used individually or as a set. This resource offers practical ways to help students become independent learners through 'assessment for learning.' The book is organized around an eight-step framework for good assessment. The authors include a detailed explanation of each step, recommendations for getting started, and teachers' anecdotes of their experiences using the steps. The book includes rubrics, working charts, thoughtful essays, and reproducibles. Practical learning approaches for each grade level are provided. These include: * Questions to help students deepen their understanding; * Finding time to help students reflect on their work; * Strategy charts to help students be independent; and * Conversations in art to help students improve their work.

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Pauline Clarke is Superintendent of Schools for the Inner City District of the Winnipeg School Division, Manitoba, Canada. In her role, she emphasizes assessment for learning, integration of the arts, Aboriginal education, and building school leadership across the district. Ms. Clarke has written articles for journals and presents at conferences across Canada and in England.

Thompson Owens was a classroom teacher for over 40 years in Canada, China, and Japan. During his last nine years of teaching he was a support teacher for the Inner City District of the Winnipeg School Division, Manitoba, Canada. A common thread in all of Mr. Owens's years of teaching was helping more students succeed. Until his death, he continued to contribute to education as a consultant, speaker, and writer.

Ruth Sutton was a secondary teacher and deputy principal of an inner-city school in Manchester, England. She also taught on exchange in a senior high school in Ohio, United States. After five years as a school district assessment consultant, Ruth spent two years as senior adviser (assistant superintendent) for secondary education. She then became an independent consultant, specializing in assessment for learning and school improvement. Most of her current work is in Scotland and Wales, and in various provinces of Canada.

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