Author Archives: Beyond The Apple

About Beyond The Apple

Beyond the Apple provides everything a Professional Learning Community needs! Designed to follow Beyond the Apple's Tenets of Adult Education, our videos re-ignite the excitement of professional conversations among educators in the classroom, university, colleges and professional training. Our free teaching and learning resources provide a follow up with more information that is current, research based and practical.

Re-framing Conversations About Disengaged Students

At a recent a professional learning session focused on re-engaging the disengaged student, we asked each participant to write a few words on a post-it to describe a disengaged student. The completed post-it notes were attached to a white board. … Continue reading

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A Student’s Self Assessment of Listening

Let’s start the conversation with Beyond the Apple’s video about teaching students how to listen: When our students sit up straight, look at the speaker, be silent, and keep hands still and visible,  we assume through their posture that our … Continue reading

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Student Writing: An in-depth look at the assessment and feedback process

Let’s begins this conversation with Beyond the Apple’s  video “Assessing Student Writing Through an Appreciative Lens”. This video suggests that learning to assess student writing may begin with listening to a student’s writing before seeing a student’s writing. The writing … Continue reading

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Using Old Stuff (3): Making comparisons

Completing this activity with your colleagues allows you to experience how comparing the old with the new is an engaging cross curricular experience that has many applications for classroom instruction. This activity begins with a homework assignment designed to instill … Continue reading

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Exit Slips and Feedback Revisited

Let’s face it . . . when we rely on tests to gather information about student learning, not only do students become test weary, the process of test development, marking, and providing feedback become the bane of any educator’s existence. … Continue reading

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Using Old Stuff (2): Searching for information

This old phone (found in Nelson Ghost Town, Nevada) provides an opportunity for teachers and students to experience how examining old things (with some guiding questions) provides an opportunity to experience how thinking, analyzing, synthesizing, and sharing information leads to … Continue reading

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Using Old Stuff (1): Developing questioning and research skills

Old stuff instills a sense of wonder, provides an authentic start point for developing questions, and creates an engaging focus for research. So . . . let’s celebrate old stuff! Have a look at this bottle and work with your … Continue reading

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Meaningful Feedback in Minutes

The purpose of feedback is to:  acknowledge evidence of progress  search for and share evidence of “the known” within the student’s misunderstandings  provide the student with a focus for the next steps of learning Here’s an example of a very … Continue reading

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Writing Valid (Equitable) Assessments

A well-written test, quiz, or examination will complement the many other forms of formative assessment we use, so it’s important to know the how to’s of valid and equitable test construction. In the jargon of assessment development, test questions are … Continue reading

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Culturally Inclusive Classrooms

A culturally aware and inclusive classroom recognizes that identity is complex and multi layered and encompasses race, gender and gender identity, socio-economic status, sexual identity, ethnicity, and religion. As we build culturally inclusive classrooms we need to be mindful about … Continue reading

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