Creating Independent Student Learners: 7-9, Volumes 7-9

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Portage & Main Press, 2006 - Education - 112 pages
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A Practical Guide to Assessment for Learning: Grades 7-9 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:* Unit examples from social studies, science, math, phys. ed., and special education classes.* Designing units which transfer more responsibility to students. * Improving student performance on tests and assignments.

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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 was named a Winnipeg Woman of Distinction for her service to Education, Training & Development. She is an active member of the Campaign Cabinet, the Schools Chair, the United Way, and is the past-chair of the Lieutenant Governor's Youth Experience Program. Ms. Clarke has written articles for journals and

Thompson Owens was a classroom teacher for over 30 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 has been helping more students succeed. He continues 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. Five years as assessment consultant to a school district were followed by two years as senior adviser (assistant superintendent). She then became an independent consultant specializing in assessment for learning and school improvement. Her work takes her all over the world.

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