I went to an extraordinary elementary school, at an extraordinary time. Presidio Hill School in San Francisco during the 1960 was directed by Katherine Fromer, who was also my second grade teacher.
Things I Learned in 2nd Grade from Katherine Fromer and still practice
1. Plant and grow food from a seed.
2. Make things from the natural elements.
3. Weave baskets, beads and threads
4. Identify plants by looking at their leaves.
5. Forage for food.
6. Read for pleasure and knowledge
7. Look to native American writings for spiritual growth.
8. “There are many paths up the mountain.” Sequoyah
9. Be kind and patient to those who act out. They are merely crying out for attention.
11. When you can’t pay attention, rest and play.
12. Dance is a form of celebration.
Pathbrite is experimenting with the e-portfolio for educators. Take a look at the one I created for myself in less than 1 hour.
Valerie Landau’s Portfolio
A heartfelt thank you to teachers across America for their unwavering dedication to the next generation.
Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Center Director
National Center for Earth and Space Science Education
Symphony of Science
Symphony of Science Remix
Keynote Address “Science – It’s Not a Book of Knowledge … It’s a Journey”
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference
March 2011, San Francisco, CA
Notes from workshop from the WASC Assessment Leadership Academy presented by Mary Allen. Mary Allen writes on her hand out “Developing and Applying Rubrics” June 14, 2011 WASC Assessment Leadership Academy
1. “Rubrics provide criteria for assessing students’ work. …Rubrics can be used to provide formative feedback to students, to grade students, and/or to assess courses and programs.”
2. There are two kinds of scoring for rubrics:
- Holistic scoring = results in one overall score
- Analytic Rubrics = separate, holistic scoring of specified characteristics of a product or behavior
3. Rubrics can be useful to conduct program assessment or course assessment or General Education Assessment.
4. Rubrics can be calibrated between raters to insure inter-rater reliability for assessment.
- Have two people score independently and both scores are recorded
- Have pairs of readers collaborate to come up with a unified score
- Collect evidence and remove identifying information
- Develop and pilot the rubric
- Select exemplars of student work that have a variety of quality – to include gamut of quality from terrible to excellent.
- Discuss how you will score and conduct sample scoring to discuss.
- Create a spreadsheet and enter scores and review results immediately after scoring.
- If there is a big discrepancy in rating between two readers then the rubric should be cleaned up.
- Don’t disclose information about a particular student or faculty member.
- Acknowledge the creators of the rubric.
- Do not make norm-referenced judgement– do not grade on the curve
Many students believe that if they receive a college degree they will “get a good job”.
They are anxious to “get the degree” rather than getting the education.
This mindset is analogous:
getting a degree is like getting a plane ticket,
rather than qualifying them for a passport
Doug Engelbart received a doctorate from Yale last week adding this to his impressive collection of Ph.Ds.
1955. Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley
1994. Honorary Doctorate, Oregon State University
2001. Honorary Doctorate, Santa Clara University
In this interview with the EE Times Interview Steve Wozniak creates a compelling case for how schools are squelching creativity.