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An Example Of Experiential Learning

An Example Of Experiential Learning by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education I recently visited Thetford Academy in Vermont (one of the few and interesting public-private academies in New England) where they have a formal and explicit commitment to “experiential learning.” So, the leaders of the school asked me to visit classes that were doing experiential learning and to talk with staff at […]

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Students Learn Best When You Do This

Students Learn Best When You Do This. And This. And This. by Grant Wiggins, Ed.D, Authentic Education Editor’s note: This post is a follow-up to a post from earlier this week, “Fixing High School By Listening To Students.” Want to know what kids need in order to learn better? Ask them: Here are the first 50 answers, […]

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Fixing High School By Listening To Students

Fixing High School By Listening To Students by Grant Wiggins, Ed.D, Authentic Education I recently had a pleasant back and forth with Michael Petrilli of the Fordham Institute on what ails the high school. He was reviewing the recent disconcerting NAEP results that once again show high school achievement is resistant to reform. On this he and I agree. But […]

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Let’s Focus On Local Assessment

Let’s Focus On Local Assessment by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education If you agree that the track we are going down on high-stakes one-shot testing of every student in terms of Common Core is unproductive and unsustainable, I have a modest proposal to make about how to ditch the tests but move Common Core standards forward. Let’s use […]

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2 Student Beliefs That Can Change Everything

2 Student Beliefs That Can Change Everything by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education We know the relationship between feedback and achievement is strong. What about the relationship between feedback, personalization and, hence, motivation? The recently-released Gallup poll on American education in which hundreds of thousands students and teachers were polled is quite revealing. Personalized learning and feedback – and, more […]

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What If We Hired 4 Teachers For Every 3 Classrooms?

What If We Hired 4 Teachers For Every 3 Classrooms? by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education What if we hired and placed teachers completely differently? I have been thinking about this issue for a long time. The assigning of one person to one classroom, in isolation from all other teachers, has always seemed to me to be a […]

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It’s The Goal Of The Question That Matters

It’s The Goal Of The Question That Matters by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education I have found from doing assessment work with educators over the decades that surprisingly few people understand what validity means in assessment and how validity is determined. This confusion leads to various unhappy and important consequences: people bash test questions without understanding how they work, supervisors […]

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