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"The Intelligence that Guides our Every Moment"

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?

Cheers, Susan

Moderator, Assessment CoP