Developing a Shared Understanding

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A teacher at St. Jean Brebeuf School in Calgary recognizes that when students have a deep understanding of the learning goals, they are better able to achieve them.

Key Points

  • The teacher clarifies the learning goal for herself before planning for instruction and assessment.
  • Students use rubrics and exemplars to understand the characteristics of quality work.
  • Note how the students respond to the process the teacher has implemented.

Discussion Question

  • The process used by the teacher required an investment of time for planning, collecting exemplars, and working with students. Why might this investment of time be worthwhile?

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