STEM Teaching Tool 94

Systematically Noticing and Responding to Learning Experiences through Practical Measures

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Why it Matters to You
  • Learners will be more engaged as they see educators adjusting to their needs, caring about their challenges and experiences, and reflecting on how to improve equity for all learners.
  • Educators should use these practices to see how students are experiencing a learning activity, improve engagement, address issues of inequity, develop intellectual relationships with learners, and improve their own and peers’ critical reflection on their teaching.
  • School leaders should financially and practically support the development of practical measures with their educators and support their professional learning.

What is the Issue

Promoting equity in learning contexts requires that educators and teacher educators notice and respond to the experiences of all learners during a wide variety of activities—and enact humanizing and caring responses. To foster equitable learning opportunities, educators can systematically collect information about what activities learners are participating in and how they are feeling about and making sense of those experiences. This information, called practical measures of learning, can then be used by educators to inform and adjust instruction to better meet the needs of every learner. Practical measures can be used either with PK-12 students or adults engaged in professional learning.



Reflection Questions

  • What aspect of equity in instruction are you focusing on?
  • Who can your thought partners be as you interpret the data?
  • How will you share patterns in the data and instructional shifts with learners you serve?

Things to Consider

Attending to Equity

Recommended Actions You Can Take


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