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On November 16th the  “Korea Overseas Council of School” conference was held at Korea International School. The theme of this year’s conference was “Heart and Soul”, and was headlined by the CNN Hero award winner Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes. Fuentes’s keynote address focused on the need for students in low socio-economic areas to be given dignity as well as education.

During the conferences, Scott Muller presented on “Using Rubrics to Develop Student Self-Assessment and Metacognition”. This workshop model presentation utilized best-practice curricular theories to create a process teachers could use at the beginning of a unit of study for students to answer three essential questions at the beginning of a unit. These are:

  • What am I learning.
  • How do I know if I am successful.
  • Where am I.

Participants took the role of 10th Grade U.S History students starting a unit that used the Common Core State Standard, “Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source. Provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text”. Participants translated the rubric into student-friendly language, attempted to practice this skill, reviewed a standards-based rubric for this standard and assessed exemplars that reflected various proficiency levels of the assessment. Afterward participants were taught how this process is reflected throughout a unit of study, ending with an authentic assessment that directly addressed the learning standard.

By Scott Muller

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