If you’re like most teachers all over the world, transitioning to teaching through a virtual environment was a massive adjustment—there were technical problems, countless hours spent learning new platforms and strategies for engaging learners virtually. Thankfully, BootUp has a slew of resources to help.
COVID has created some interesting challenges for assessing student progress and completed work in remote learning contexts. Prior to COVID, discussions on assessment in education often describe summative assessments as a product-oriented assessment of learning, formative assessments as a process-oriented assessment for learning, and ipsative assessments as a self-reflective assessment as learning (Manitoba Education, 2006; Scott, 2012).
A librarian at a district where I conducted a professional development workshop recently stated that I don’t give a lot of information at the beginning of class. I told her that I learned a long time ago, less is more. Her comment reflects one of the many teaching philosophies we embrace within our professional development at BootUp.