Author Archives: J Martens

About J Martens

Educator living in Vancouver and working in SD37 Delta. Supporting Numeracy while learning how formative assessment, literacy, inquiry, and technology serve to improve learning and increase engagement (for teachers & students).

Students Discuss the Power of Learning Targets

Grade 7/8 students in Jeanne Boland’s class at the Odyssey School in Denver, CO, discuss the power of “unpacking” learning targets so that they can articulate a clear vision of the intended learning and criteria for success. (VIDEO) Note: This video … Continue reading

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Formative Assessment Overview

via Dylan Wiliam’s Presentation The bridge between teaching and learning

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Student’s Ability to be Self-Directed

Last fall a colleague from another district asked me if I could “recommend any professional resources that frame a student’s ability to be self-directed and establish learning targets that are consistent with self-regulated learning?” Their team had done a fair … Continue reading

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Dear Mum & Dad: About my report card…

Originally posted on Martens in the Middle:
Here is a copy of the letter that students from our pod wrote to explain the reports to their parents and to be included as an insert with their report card. We started…

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Personalizing Learning verus Personalized Learned

Thought it might be helpful to add an outside voice to our local conversation. Below are excerpts from the article Four Reasons to Seriously Worry About Peronsallized Learning by Alfie Kohn in the Washington Post Personal learning entails working with each child … Continue reading

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Self-regulated Learning Resources

We are doing a lot of self-regulated learning work (building as we go) with grade 6/7 at my current school. Some of our story School of Awesomeness (student post): http://go.vsb.bc.ca/schools/blogs/normarosepoint/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=83 Six Slides that describe our school: http://go.vsb.bc.ca/schools/blogs/normarosepoint/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=66 Much is still … Continue reading

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Students As Owners of Their Own Learning

Thought I shared this months ago. Realized I hadn’t. A summary of Chapter 7 from Dylan Wiliams’ Embedded Formative Assessment.

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Learning Maps for a Grade 6/7 Pod

Originally posted on Martens in the Middle:
Two places where you can find out what students are learning in Term 2. Martens in the Middle Green Pod Website – click on Curriculum Tab

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Learning Map: Grade 6/7 Number

Drawing on the current BC Math IRPs, the new BC Math Curricular Competencies, the BCAMT’s recommended Big Ideas, and the BCAMT’s Developmental Continuum for Mathematics, I created the following Learning Maps: Number – Grade 6 to 7 draft #1 grade … Continue reading

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Student-generated Learning Goals

The Question “My colleagues and I want to develop some type of tool for students to use to promote their own ability to be self-directed.  We came to recognize that goal-setting per se was not enough, especially if it was driven … Continue reading

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