Challenging the Norms of Teaching
Looking at student work challenges accepted "norms" of the teaching profession.
Rather than looking at all students work (if only to assign grades or scores), teachers look at small samples - as small as one child's drawing - for significant periods of time.
Rather than working in isolation from each other, teachers engaged in looking at student work collaborate with colleagues.
Rather than practicing instruction and assessment in the virtual privacy of the classroom, teachers bring their work and their students' work to their colleagues for inquiry and reflection.
Rather than keeping the work of students inside schools, protocols for looking at student work offer opportunities to involve parents and community members in discussing student work, student learning, standards, etc.
This web site provides resources and ideas for teachers, administrators, staff developers and others who are committed, as we are, to challenging these norms to benefit learning for all students.