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: Learning Map

I teach primary and we use phrases such as ‘Approaching’, ‘Meeting Expectations’ and ‘Exceeds Expectations’ — not letter grades. How does a Learning Map look us at these grade levels?

Please see the attached PDF! Sample ELA gr 2 (pdf)

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What about students on an IEP? How does the five-step approach work for them?

For students who have IEPs and do receive letter grades, we make three changes on our Learning Map: We include the specific support or adaptation that students receive on the Learning Map. We focus the evidence of learning on talking with and observing learners rather than always requiring a product, such as a written task […]

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How do students react to Learning Maps? My students are just interested in their marks – “What did I get?”

Yes, grades and marks are the currency in our school system, and we do take some responsibility for our students’ focus on marks. As teachers, we’ve used the line “it’s for marks” many a time to get the attention of the class. The point we want to emphasize is that, when using the five-step approach […]

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