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What I Learned By Doing What I Ask Students To Do

Teachers Shadowing Students: What I Learned By Doing What I Ask Students To Do by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she describes is any different […]

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Designing Curriculum That Teachers Will Actually Use

Designing Curriculum That Teachers Will Actually Use by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education What is leadership in curriculum? Whatever the answer, the question should not be confused with a related but far different query: What is management in curriculum? Yet, I suspect that few people with curricular responsibilities appreciate how different the questions and answers are – and […]

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The Impact Of A Teacher That Mentors

Mentoring Students: The Impact Of A Teacher That Mentors by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education David Brooks wrote a highly-read and forwarded op-ed piece in the New York Times recently in which he summarized the key findings in a recent Gallup/Purdue poll. The survey looked at success in life and the workplace through the lens of a few […]

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Planning For Open-Ended Learning

Planning For Open-Ended Learning  by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Over the past few weeks I have received a few interesting queries on Twitter, and Labor Day weekend seems like a nice time to respond to them and reflect on the school year ahead. Two of the questions concern the relationship between inquiry and UbD: Q1: Do you consider […]

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Assessment Design: A Matrix To Assess Your Assessments

Assessment Design: A Matrix To Assess Your Assessments by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education On Rigor, Language, & Verbs Rigor is not established by the unthinking use of Webb or Bloom or other verbs. Here, for example, is a widely-findable chart I found on the NJ Dept of Education website, in which Webb’s rubrics have been turned into a leveled chart […]

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Standards-Based Grading Only Solves Half The Problem

Standards-Based Grading Only Solves Half The Problem by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Over the last few months I have worked with a number of high schools and middle schools where the grading and assessment practices simply do not work in a world of standards. The schools are not making local assessment rigorous enough in their concern with […]

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A Job Description For Teaching

A Job Description For Teaching by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education A rarely discussed weakness in education is the lack of a true job description for teachers in hiring. Being told that “you will teach US History” or “we are hiring you to be a 4th grade teacher” is not a job description. It doesn’t say what you […]

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The Changing Role Of The Teacher

The Changing Role Of The Teacher by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Ed note: This post was excerpted and mildly edited from a longer post from Grant on self-sustained learning. What does it mean to “teach”? What should a teacher “do”? The answer varies from culture to culture, millennium to millennium–from Socrates to Jamie Escalante, the vision changes. […]

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