Preparing to Look at Student Work
It is beneficial for teams of teachers to look at student work together. Collaboration enables teachers to overcome their biases about students and to more effectively find evidence in student work to justify grading choices. In addition, looking at student work collaboratively allows teachers to become more reflective about the ways in which they assess student work and it also provides an opportunity for schools to be more consistent in their expectations and grading.
Read more: Why Protocols? From School Reform Initiative
Select an appropriate protocol for looking at student work. Decide which one is best based on the description below.
- Basic Protocol-This is a good place to start if the team hasn’t had a great deal of experience collaboratively looking at student work.
- Tuning Protocol-The objective of this protocol is to determine which activities will get our students to meet specific goals. This protocol helps the learning team assess and analyze whether their lessons are aligned with their goals.
- Atlas Protocol-This protocol looks at the student work in greater depth than the others. It is effective once the team has gotten its “feet wet” with the basic and tuning protocols.
- Examining Student Work-This protocol allows for students to look at and assess their own work. Once teachers are familiar with the use of protocols for looking at student work, this protocol can be used in the classroom.
Protocols Source: School Reform Initiative, available online http://www.schoolreforminitiative.org
- What do you see? (10 minutes)
- What does this student know how to do? (10 minutes)
- What is the next thing this student needs to learn? (10 minutes)
- What will the teacher do to move the student along? (15 minutes)
Source: Teaching Matters, Inc. 2014