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About lgatzke

I am an assessment supervisor passionate about getting kids smarter. As Dylan Wiliam says, "Smart is not something you are, smart is something you get".

Growth Doesn’t Just Occur on Trees and Flowers

I started this post in June.  Spring is my favorite time of year.  The vibrant green leaves and beautiful, fragrant apple blossoms in my back yard represent renewed growth.  Ice out was not until June  in northern Saskatchewan this year.  … Continue reading

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There’s Power In Formative Assessment

Assessment is referred to as those activities undertaken by teachers and by their students assessing themselves that provide information to be used as feedback to modify or adjust teaching and learning activities.  Assessment should be used to help us get … Continue reading

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Assess and Reflect: Keys to Active Engagement and Improved Achievement

There are two/three assess and reflect outcomes at every grade level in the SK ELA curriculum that deal with monitoring, self-assessing and setting goals for improvement.  Below are examples from grade 1 & 6 AR1.1 Identify what good viewers, listeners, readers, … Continue reading

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Help Me Tell My Story (It’s More That Just an Assessment!)

Exciting days this week in our division.  We are about to provide training to more than 40 educators for the Help Me Tell My Story Assessment.  Eleven schools will now be involved with Aski and all those Aski’s are just … Continue reading

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Levelled Literacy Instruction Makes a Difference

We are just into our second year of Levelled Literacy Instruction.  Quantitatively, we keep track of results through the progress monitoring feature of our data warehouse.  It allows us to see pre and post benchmark levels as well as see … Continue reading

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Only Learners Can Improve Learning

National Library – Flicker Commons Everyone has a destination or goal in mind when they start out on their bicycle.  The destination when biking can be either a long term or short term goal.  The same applies to assessment.  Assessment … Continue reading

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Virtual Learning Communities

Nothing is more fulfilling that good professional learning.  I have always believed that the learner improves his/her learning and therefore I need to be involved in high quality professional discussions.  For thirty years, I have had opportunities for professional learning … Continue reading

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