Professional development days for teachers tend to be very lecture-oriented, which is ironic since this seems to be the norm even when the people lecturing are promoting more progressive teaching methods and letting students construct their own understanding of new ideas. [1]

What if we had WCYDWT pro-d days?  What would that look like?  I’d suggest starting with this image from Frank Noschese‘s latest blog post:

chart mapping proficiency at skill goals across 3 levels to traditional percentage grades

I’d bet this could generate an interesting discussion on assessment without any lead-in or context whatsoever.


1. This was totally not the case in my teacher training at SFU – which tended to drive people nuts who were wanting to get an information dump and get on with teaching.


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