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Fostering Agency in Assessments

With the changing face of the education sector, some educators are working in the direction of adopting and altering their learning strategies as well as their learning spaces to provide their learners with a conducive environment to develop and grow holistically. Keeping this in mind, I have tried out an alternative method to assessment criteria […]

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Assessment giving Voice, Choice and Ownership

This article is reflecting on how summative assessment can give voice, choice and ownership to learners. My class of grade 4 inquired into Who we are with the central idea “Knowing our rights and responsibilities leads to a healthy life style.” They explored the following lines of inquiry; rights and responsibilities in society; choices that […]

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Ana Herrera and María Elvira Castro, PYP teachers, Gimnasio Los Portales, Bogota, Colombia

Learner agency in the assessment process: does it work?

Peer-feedback and how it can be used to exercise agency in the early years, based on Austin’s butterfly video (Ron Berger, 2012) Imagine you have an incredible learning experience with your class. All students are engaged in learning and developing their approaches to learning. You feel ecstasy while being part of this beautiful process. Suddenly, you […]

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Agency and the inquiry process

Encouraging students to show agency throughout the inquiry process by Fabricio Miranda, Andino Cusco International School, Peru. Our third-grade students engaged in an interactive triggering activity,  an auction role-play where they observed different objects for sale. I presented objects such as pencils, notebooks, candies, chewing gum, and fruit and, at the end of the auction, […]

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Getting students’ feedback to feed-forward

This article is about the ways a PYP school in Turkey uses students’ feedback to enhance the current school practices related to curriculum, learning and teaching. Feedback to feed-forward – crucial for progress. As educators we keep records of our students’ progress throughout the year and give written and oral feedback in order to identify […]

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