Kathleen + Caren

Are on the Map

Meet Caren and Kathleen, authors of the book Rethinking Letter Grades and master educators. Their goal, to provide the best learning environments for students, motivated them to create a five-step process of teaching and assessing using “Learning Maps.” This process, creating “big ideas,” describing levels of performance, and selecting and matching evidence of learning to descriptions, clearly showed students their strengths and helped them to succeed.

Building and using learning maps is the foundation of QUIO. Creating learning maps may be a new process for you, and you may have questions along the way. We have provided FAQ here for you, but if you don’t find what you are looking for, just ask. Caren and Kathleen are here to answer your questions.

But isn’t the Learning Map just another rubric?

At first glance, a Learning Map and a rubric can look the same, as they both show levels of performance. One major difference between the Learning Map that we are describing in this book and a rubric is that the Learning Map shows the overall picture of learning in one subject area for an entire term, whereas a rubric usually describes performance in a single assignment or activity. Another difference is that a Learning Map, which is constructed by
the teacher, begins with learning standards that are aligned to descriptions of performance that in turn are aligned with evidence of learning. Teachers interpret the Learning Map to arrive at a summative letter grade.

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