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High Expectations For Our Students: Our Responsibility

Robyn Jackson in Never Worker Harder than Your Students differentiates between standards and expectations.

The standards specify what high level content or process learning we want of the students. Expectations refer to our belief that we can help the students  to get there. If we have high expectations, then we believe that we can help the pupils to be successful. If we have low expectations, then we do not feel that we can help them learn. If we truly have high expectations, then we will figure out what we can do to help the students to  grow in the standard to the point of achievement. We do not focus on what they cannot do, we focus on what we can help them be able to do. We do not focus on what they do not know, we focus on how to help them obtain the prerequisite knowledge or skills in the context of the course. If we have high expectations, we do not ask students to learn the missing material or skills on their own, we build knowledge or skill development into our class into mini-lessons targeted to help them. If we have high expectations, we take responsibility for their growth; we work on the solution, not cursing the problem. If we have high expectations for our students, we promise ourselves that they will be successful in our class due to our efforts.

Do you have high expectations for your students? How do your students know?

My book, Formative Assessment: Responding to Students, is available through Eye-on-Education.

Reponding to Your Students

Assessing How School’s Academic Priorities are Achieved Through Technology Use

By Harry Grover Tuttle, Ed. D.
harry.g.tuttle at


NYSCATE Conference

Purpose: To improve students’ achievement of the school’s academic priorities through technology use by carefully analyzing how teachers and students use technology and improving those conditions to promote greater student learning.

School Technology and Learning Profile -Analysis:
Meta-Impressions from many schools visits based on collecting factual information, not stories.

How does your local school support its academic priorities through technology use?

How do state assessment and state standards become translated into classroom technology-infused activities? How do you know?

What are some learning and technology issues that may not contribute to the school’s academic priorities?

How can you do make-overs to dramatically improve student standards-based technology-infused learning?

How can you support alternative standards (i.e. Visual literacy) through technology? How can you assess their success?

Tuttle, H. G. (2007). Standards-Based Learning: Helping Students Achieve. Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter 14(4), 4-6.
Tuttle, H. G. (2007). Digital-Age Assessment. TechLearning. 27 (7), 22-24.
Tuttle, H. G. (2006). Creating a Tech-Infused Culture. TechLearning. 26 (11), 12-16.
Tuttle, H. G. (2005). Assessing How Schools’ Academic Priorities Are Achieved through Technology Use.
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education Proceedings, 5, 2860-2864.
Tuttle, H. G. (2004). Learning and Technology Assessments for Administrators. Ithaca, NY: Epilog Visions. (book of 54 ways of assessing learning and technology in school)

How do you support your school’s academic priorities through technology?

Does Your Classroom Technolgy Use Support School’s Academic Priorities-Part 2

Priority Precise or Vague

Usually when I do a workshop or presentation on this topic, someone in the audience says something like, “We should not base everything we do in the classroom on state assessments.” I agree. However, whatever we define as our school’s academic priorities must be something we can assess in order to see student growth. The problem with education is that we have been fuzzy in our goals and therefore we have never known if we have reached the goals or not. If your school wants “global citizens,” how do you know how the students are progressing in this wonderful goal? If your school is a 21st Century School, how does it measure the students’ growth in these skills? If your school is a character school, how do you assess and improve the students growth? If you cannot define it, you do not have it as a priority! If you cannot assess it, you do not have it as a priority!

If you cannot define exactly what the “skill” is and you cannot assess it, then you never will be able to use technology to help students reach it!

When I taught Spanish, I wanted my students to be fluid speakers. I defined this as saying at least 15 sentences about a given topic in a minute or as having a conversation in which at least five different questions were asked about a topic with the other person answering those questions. Once I defined it, I could plan how to help students achieve it. I used technology of cameras, television, images, recordings to help them be successful. I measured them frequently to determine how I could help them to be better.

How do you define the priorities within your subject area? How do you use technology to help students achieve those specific priorities?

© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007


RSS Education with Technology

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  • Digital Badges: Naming the Badge October 29, 2015
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  • Digital Badges: Better Than Grades? October 19, 2015
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  • English +Common Core +Mobile = Success (ISTE2014 Poster -details) June 30, 2014
    Here are the ten examples I showed at my English + Common Core  + Mobile ISTE 2014 Poster Session: Based on CCSS Anchor Statements: L.2 Take a Conventions Mobile Online Quiz  to pick the  incorrect sentence from four choices (capitalization) SL.2  Evaluate audio recording of a  book chapter on mobile and predict for next chapter. […]
  • Global Cultural Learning Using Mobile Devices (ISTE Mobile MegaShare Presentation) June 28, 2014
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  • English + Common Core + Mobile = Success in Learning Poster Session at ISTE 2014 June 25, 2014
    In my ISTE Sunday 8-10 am poster session, I demonstrate many diverse mobile activities to help students achieve the English Language Arts Common Core Anchor Statements through mobile devices. The mobile activities focus on free common tool apps that are available on both the Android and the iPad. The students use the apps as a seamless […]

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