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Learning through Inquiry: QFT & the BC Curriculum

In a recent guest post, HS Science teacher Carl Sommerfeld shared how he used the Question Formulation Technique (aka QFT) to provide structure for students to ask questions that would guide a unit of study. One of the key facets of the … Continue reading

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Make Just One Change: In Your Biology 12 Classroom

A guest post by Carl Sommerfeld, a science teacher at John Oliver Secondary where he shares his experience of “teaching students to ask their own questions” by using the question formulation technique shared in the book “Make Just One Change”. Recently I decided … Continue reading

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Learning Contexts versus Learning Intentions

Based on a close reading of Chapter 3 of Embedded Formative Assessment (Wiliam 2011) The distinction between learning contexts and learning intentions is an important pre-requisite to realizing the improvement in student learning which education research evidence suggests is achievable. … Continue reading

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Why Share Learning Intentions with Students?

Based on a close reading of Chapter 3 of Dylan Wiliam’s book Embedded Formative Assessment (2011) The research evidence for the benefits of sharing learning intentions and success criteria is powerful and persuasive. Wiliam provides an overview of an extensive … Continue reading

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Self-Regulated Learning

Want to write about this but these links will have to do for now. Resources that make explicit the links between self-regulation and learning. Note: authors include UBC’s Deborah Butler and Nancy Perry. A condensed overview of AfL which makes the point … Continue reading

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Learning Intentions – Science 9 Electricity

During the past two weeks I have been co-teaching in a Science 9 classroom.  One thing that came out of that time was a unit overview for the Electricity topic of the BC Science 9 curriculum. The unit overview addresses … Continue reading

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Science 8 Learning Intentions

These “units” span the entire Science 8 and Science 10 courses for BC (more examples of other unit plans). They were created by Karen Greig who is sharing them under a Creative Commons Licence. Feel free to use but be … Continue reading

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AfL School Teams – Book List

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What a Teacher Makes – West Vancouver

  Over the past six years, Taylor Mali has become a YouTube sensation with teachers (and others).  His presentation of his poem, “What Teachers Make” has been viewed more than four million times. This poem was also part of  an inspiration and presentation that…

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How’s that working for you?

“How’s that working for you?” This is a question I have heard several times over the past few years and heard three times in the past two days. I am reminded of how important a question it is. Here’s why: … Continue reading

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