"The Intelligence that Guides our Every Moment"
Submitted by Susan Finn Miller on August 8, 2014 - 3:15pm
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Hello colleagues, I recently came across a quote from the inspiring Lucy Calkins. “Assessment is the thinking teacher’s mind work. It is the intelligence that guides our every moment as a teacher.”
For me, this quote situates assessment as the most essential aspect of my teaching. It means that I must design instruction to give students many opportunities to demonstrate what they are learning. It means that I must be attuned to who is understanding and who needs more support or guidance. It means the data I collect through my ears and eyes guides my instructional decisions. I am grateful to be reminded of how central assessment is to my practice as I continually strive to do better.
What is your reaction to this quote? In what ways does assessment guide your teaching moves? Are there anecdotes you can share?
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