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the DOG: From where? and For what?

I have been developing the Dimensions of Observable Growth for more than ten years (at my own expense, and without compensation) starting when my own two children were in school in Colorado in the early 2000's. The strong (and still intensifying) U.S. push for "data driven" decision making in classrooms prompted me to find a … Continue reading the DOG: From where? and For what?

Ed Reform without disruption. Hm.

The above image is a screen capture from CASEL's Assessment Work Group page. (The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning - CASEL). Specifically, it's the list of criteria for participation in the second round of an Assessment Design Challenge that could, in theory, yield a rich primal soup of diverse new perspectives, ingredients, and methods … Continue reading Ed Reform without disruption. Hm.

Power Over or Power With: Children’s personalities reflect the way adults engage with them

Children’s behavior can be a good guide to where their significant adults stand on the Influence Continuum. Sometimes the freedom we give children isn’t free. When we implicitly pressure children to make the choices we want while we are telling them the choice is theirs, the effects on their behavior are the same as if … Continue reading Power Over or Power With: Children’s personalities reflect the way adults engage with them