I’ve recently been working with some great educators on exploring different assessment tools in mathematics. In order to observe one of them in action, I enlisted the services of my 9-year-old son Jackson. Little did I know that I would end up learning so much about how The Boy I Love More Than Any Other thinks and behaves. Observing and then analyzing his thinking collaboratively made me wonder why we would ever use products to assess learning when we miss so much by not observing the process. I’m hoping this video will be useful to others out there looking for a source for collaborative observation. Some questions you may want to ask people you view it with are:
- What do we see and hear?
- In what ways do our own biases cloud our ability to use the observation as data?
- How might we mitigate for bias in analysis?
- What do we know about Jackson’s thinking?
- What do we wonder about it?
- What instruction does he need now?
- In what ways could I have prompted him for effectively?
- How might we design our learning environments to get more “sit beside” moments like these?