"Instructional Circles"

Rich Assessment Opportunities

Teacher as Lead Learner

Growing Success requires the learning environment to evolve where the teacher becomes the "lead learner" and facilitates conversation. Teaching in circles provide this "lead learner" opportunity. And, daily circles make assessment more rich providing plenty of opportunity to assess based on observations and conversations as opposed to pen-paper tasks only. Teaching in circles weaves assessment alongside instruction making everyday "count" for students.

Circles Invite Engagement, Differentiation, Samples, and Literacy and Rich Assessment

Assessment can become more rich in using “instructional circles”. Beginning and ending with a sequential circle that asks each student to speak invites all students to engage, provides opportunity to assess quickly based on observation and conversation, and also provides students with “samples” in the answers of others in order to compare and self-assess their own work.

This allows assessment to become richer as students are given the opportunity to share their knowledge in conversation and in a social setting in addition to the regular written individual tasks. This is particularly important for literacy as the adolescent student learns better in the social and when it means something to them personally.