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19 Aug 2018

Eight Strategies for Building a Feedback-Rich Culture

I spent a good part of this summer at our lake house in Wisconsin. When we first arrived, my two kids, 5 and 7 ran right to their secret hideout they built the previous year. They couldn’t believe their teepee was still standing, and yet they were not too happy to see some of the flooring needed repair. Immediately they got to work collecting materials and rebuilding their hideout. After about an hour of work, they decided they needed to […]

20 Feb 2018

Using Critique for Formative Assessment and Higher Craftsmanship

Leveling Up Project Craftsmanship with Critique “Craftsmanship means dwelling on a task for a long time and going deeply into it, because you want to get it right.” – Matthew B. Crawford. Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work   This week MVIFI hosted Collider  – an in house unconference style professional learning day*. I was curious to test and share a hypothesis that I have been pondering: As critique leads to higher craftsmanship, depth and complexity of […]

16 Sep 2016

Challenging Assumptions: Grade Reporting Timeline

What conditions and characteristics of school do we simply assume are engrained parts of the system? You know, those things about school that we take for granted are just baked into the structure of school. During the 2016-17 academic year (there is one of those assumptions, right?), I plan to post a series of blog entries about these assumptions along with a few ideas and questions about how we might challenge them. Why am I interested in thinking about and […]

08 Aug 2016

Beyond the Buzzwords: Making Meaning of the Mindsets

When you walk through the halls of the Lower School at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School (MVPS), you will notice that each classroom has one thing in common: a small blue poster hanging on the wall. Upon closer inspection, you will see the six Mount Vernon Mindsets and their three indicators. The poster is an excellent visual representation of the kind of student mind we build at Mount Vernon (MV). However, we wondered if the students had a good understanding of […]

06 Oct 2015

iDiploma Design Challenges Underway: Feedback and Assessment

The past two weeks Innovation Diploma has been immersed in the design challenges that spawned from the curiosity journaling they did back in early September. Currently five groups are working around these student generated HMWs: How might we amplify joy in our day? How might we make sustainability part of our DNA? How might we share the Innovation Diploma story with others? Students originally teamed with their advisory groups, but throughout the process, they have reconfigured into five groups. As they […]

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