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5 Key Formative Assessment Practices: Video Conversation with Katie White (Misty's Newsletter)

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Dear Reader,

Thank you for inviting me into your inbox to spark a dialogue about inquiry teaching and learning towards agency, artistry, and understanding.:) If you are new here: Welcome!

This month, I'm sharing a recorded conversation with Assessment expert, Katie White. Katie shares the what, why, and how of key formative assessment practices that really move learning forward. I've distilled a list of Five Things to Say or Ask for you as a practical tool to try. Consider printing them out as a visual reminder to ask

๐Ÿ‘‰ You'll find the 5 Things to Say or Ask in the You section, followed by two upcoming offerings you won't want to miss!

Y stands for Youth:

This section features a person, project, organization, that inspires youth to thrive.

O stands for Offering:

Hereโ€™s where I share free resources, practical tips or prompts.

U stands for Uplifting:

Weโ€™ll wrap up with an uplifting quote or song to leave you feeling great-- after all, itโ€™s good to feel good!


Youth inspire Katie White, Author and Consultant:

Meet Katie White!

Katie White is Coordinator of Learning for the North East School Division in Saskatchewan, Canada and an author and Assessment Associate for Solution Tree, in addition to being an independent educational consultant. With more than 30 years of experience in education, she has been a system leader, an administrator, a learning coach, and a Kโ€“12 classroom teacher and online teacher.


๐Ÿ‘‰ Watch video to learn 5 key formative assessment practices you can say or do daily

๐Ÿ”– As you watch the FULL video, watch for these Five Key Things to Say or Ask:

  1. Did we make space for analysis and action today?
  2. Where am I noticing strengths and needs in this artifact?
  3. โ€œI wonder what we can do today?โ€
  4. When planning, ask, โ€œWhere might students experience challenges?โ€
  5. Say โ€œWhat we do today helps us tomorrow.โ€



Offerings that ignite: Upcoming FREE Masterclass + A Special Spring Event

๐Ÿ‘ Toddle is hosting me for a FREE event in 4 days! I'll be responding to their most-asked question: How can we balance being planned with being responsive?

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Special News and Offering: The Kaleidoscope of Inquiry event, hosted by Chapters International, is this April 22 and 23, a Saturday and Sunday. I'm literally so excited about this, I keep pinching myself! The panel offers a diverse and deep lens on Inquiry and those in attendance bring a broad wealth of experience to the conversations. Please consider attending! The venue is at the Vancouver Airport for easy travel for out-of-towners. Click the button below to learn more and save your seat.


Got questions or want to chat about Inquiry? As always, your engagement informs the information I share in these newsletters. ๐Ÿ’“ Want to connect with a larger community? Post your ideas, practice, and questions on social using the icons below.




Uplifting quote + song that illuminates:

Read and listen to this quote and song to invite assessing with love and care:โ€‹

"Feedback is honesty. Donโ€™t just tell me โ€˜good jobโ€™ when I didnโ€™t.โ€ โ€”Middle Years Student, Katie White's Blogโ€‹

Listen to the Song:

On Children Performed by Sweet Honey In the Rock

Favourite lyrics:

Your children are not your children
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself

They come through you but they are not from you
And though they are with you, they belong not to you

You may give them your love but not your thoughts
They have their own thoughts
They have their own thoughts

You may house their bodies but not their souls
For their souls dwell in the place of tomorrow
Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams


Here's to assessing with love and care Reader,

Hi! I'm Misty.

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