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.

Category Archives: Five-Step Approach to Assessment

How does this five-step approach help our struggling students? So many are demotivated by letter grades.

One of the reasons we decided to rethink our approach to arriving at letter grades was our concern for students who lose hope: our strugglers. We find that, when we use Learning Maps along with specific samples of work, the picture of what students are expected to learn and are able to do is more […]

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We have to use an electronic grade book. How can technology help us use this five-step process? What do you do?

First, we don’t use any grade-book program for the purposes of totalling, averaging, ranking, converting, or deciding the letter grade. We are the teachers, and we determine the letter grade. We worry when electronic programs, in effect, become the “grade maker” and the teacher simply inputs the data without interpreting it. However, we do use […]

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Isn’t this five-step approach very subjective?

It was Lorrie Shepard (2000) who helped our thinking when she explained how the terms objective and subjective are left over from a time in education when behavioural objectives (rather than prescribed learning standards) focussed on rote memory and recall, and the word objective was used to describe tests in which students filled in the […]

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