Posted on 03/06/2020

Setting Goals, Sharing Learning, Working Together

It is hard to believe that we are nearing two thirds of our way through the school year. March marks the time when we pause in our  classrooms to share student progress, growth and achievements. This process is complex and detailed and looks a little different in each classroom; however, there are some common practices that we all share:

  • Assessment FOR Learning

Teachers spend the majority of their time engaging students in this process. 

Assessment for Learning is the ongoing practice of:

o Helping children understand what it is they are going to be learning. 

Teachers take the Alberta Education Outcomes and put them into language that we can all understand.

Ex: I can write simple stories on my own (gr.1)

Ex: I can solve math problems using a variety of strategies (gr.4)

o Coaching students in their learning:

  • Helping students set goals
  • Giving feedback to your child
  • Allowing your child to learn from his/her mistakes
  • Creating opportunities to practice and improve
  • Talking to your child about the next steps in learning
  • Adapting his/her teaching to meet the learning needs of your child
  • Revising student goals as they move forward in their learning
  • Assessment OF Learning

When teachers pause in the learning process to share your child’s progress, this is called Assessment of Learning. Teachers use the following to identify where your child is performing:

o Products: These are the samples of student work and assessments that show you what your child is working on and what they have learned;

o Observations: Teachers observe your child each day in all of the different tasks and                      

activities they are involved in;  and

o Conversations: Teachers listen and ask guiding questions to help your child share what they know and are able to do.

  • Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences: This is the time when we invite you in to formally share the work your child has been involved in and your child’s progress. Teachers provide you with an opportunity to ask questions and share feedback with both your child and your child’s teacher.

We would like to thank all of you for your support and look forward to seeing you at our

Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences on Monday, March 17th and Wednesday, March 19th from 5 to 7 pm.

Warmest regards,

Mrs. Diane Benoit


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