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Hi Ken, I thought you would like to hear something very positive from me for a change :-)
The other day I was talking to a young friend in Barrhead, Alberta and when I asked how school was going she
answered, "Not so good, I bombed an assignment." We discussed what went wrong. I encouraged her to see her
teacher and be very clear on what she needed to improve. We then talked about the assignment specifically and about
LA in general. As we approached the end of her call she sighed and said, "At least it was just a formative assignment."
This is, I believe, how the assessment that you advocate is supposed to work :-) I will, of course, follow up on this since
I care a great deal about this young lady.

2013-11-21
bailey Green
 

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Thanks for a positive story. A student should see "bombing" a formative assessment just as a
normal part of the learning process. I was struck by a quote from John Calipari, the coach of
the University of Louisville men's basketball team. They have a lot of freshmen on the team
and he said "we have to fail fast so that we can make corrections."

 

 

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