Professional Judgment | Rick Wormeli | Atypical Assessments

In Don’t @ Me (2:48) Tom asserts that now is the time for teachers to reclaim their professional judgment; however, to do so, he also asserts that teachers must be prepared for the responsibilities that come with it. Then, in the interview (15:14), Tom is joined by author, speaker, and consultant Rick Wormeli to discuss the events of January 6, as well as a number of different current (and future) educational topics. Finally, in Assessment Corner (1:15:23), Tom, part 1 of 2, details why “atypical assessment formats” must be embraced if teachers are going to remain relevant and culturally responsive.


Rehumanize Each Other | Tom Hierck | Grading: Verb or Noun?

In Don’t @ Me (2:35), in the wake of the events in Washington, DC on January 6, Tom makes the case for why we need to rehumanize our human connections. Then, in the interview (15:42), Tom is joined by Canadian author, speaker, and consultant Tom Hierck to discuss student behavior and school culture. Finally, in Assessment Corner (1:01:39), Tom addresses a question about eliminating “grading” and why it’s so important to be clear on whether we mean “grading the verb” or “grading the noun.”


Celebrating You! | 5 Leadership Lessons | Assessing Collaboration

In Don’t @ Me (4:28), Tom celebrates educators and their incredible work over the first half of this school year. Then, in a solo segment (15:42), Tom highlights five leadership lessons he has learned through his personal experience as a school-based and district-level leader. Finally, in Assessment Corner (48:20), Tom addresses a question about assessing collaboration and whether there is any place for group scores or results.

Attitude of Gratitude | Erik Francis | Repacking Standards

In Don’t @ Me (4:48), Tom explores the feeling of gratitude and how it can actually impact you and your brain; he also expresses his gratitude for you, the listening audience. In the Interview (15:19), Tom is joined by Erik Francis to discuss what makes for a good question and how to effectively use Depth of Knowledge (DOK) in planning. Finally, in Assessment Corner (1:25:00), Tom addresses the practice of repacking standards for cognitive rigor.



Harm of Hyperbole | Cassandra Erkens | Year-End Standards

In Don’t @ Me (4:09), Tom takes aim at the prevalence of hyperbole, especially on social media, and why it actually weakens one’s argument. In the Interview (16:47), Tom is joined by his close friend and colleague Cassandra Erkens to discuss how Collaborative Common Assessments maximize the opportunity for student achievement and engineer authentic professional learning opportunities for teachers. Finally, in Assessment Corner (59:58), Tom addresses a question about how to assess year-end standards during the school year.



Get it Wrong | Tara Barton | Memorization

In Don’t @ Me (3:32), Tom makes the case for why educators need to push themselves with trying new strategies and practices, and why getting it wrong is a positive. In The Interview (13:29), Tom is joined by Tara Barton, Founder and Director of Serve Learn (Melbourne, Australia), to discuss what a robust Service Learning model looks like in schools and why it’s essential for developing 21st-century skills in learners. In Assessment Corner (1:12:32), Tom addresses the role of memorization in a modern learning environment and highlights the difference between a task and an assessment.



Lead with Your Charisma | Bill Ferriter | Instructional Agility

In Don’t @ Me (4:29) Tom asserts that leaders must find their charisma, develop their charisma, so they can lead with their charisma. Then, Tom is joined by Bill Ferriter (18:18), a middle school science teacher from North Carolina, to discuss teaching strategies for a remote or hybrid learning model. In Assessment Corner (1:31:22), Tom outlines a process for how teachers can plan with precision for instructional agility.

Notes from Bill Ferriter Interview:

  • Digital Tools Guide
  • Bill & daughter singing the Canadian National Anthem:



Attention for Change | Katie Martin | Reassessment

In Don’t @Me (4:58) Tom explores the single biggest challenge people face when they need to gain buy-in for a good idea. Then, Tom is joined by Katie Martin (16:54) to discuss her book “Learner-Centered Innovation” and what it means to empower students to explore and learn how to make an impact on the world. In the News (1:07:16) includes a reflection on all of the stories surrounding Covid-19. In Assessment Corner (1:10:59), Tom has some suggestions that can make implementing reassessment routines more efficient and effective. Finally, Tom has a question for listeners (1:24:07) about upcoming episodes.



Debate of Ideas | Katie White | Rubrics (2)

In Don’t @ Me (3:48), Tom wonders aloud about what has happened to the debate of ideas and why all debate seems to get so personal so quickly. Then, Tom is joined by Canadian assessment author, speaker, and consultant Katie White (18:04) where they explore the soft and hard edges of assessment and why assessment is the key to everyday creativity. Finally, in Assessment Corner (1:15:15) Tom revisits last week’s conversation about what the best type of rubric is and asserts that rubrics that describe (not prescribe) quality and are task-neutral are most favorable.


Alberta Curriculum | Josh Ogilvie | Rubrics

In Don’t @ Me (3:29), Tom takes aim at the curriculum reform efforts in the province of Alberta. Then, Tom is joined by Josh Ogilvie (12:49), PHE Department Head at Burnaby South Secondary School to discuss PHE during the pandemic as well as the evolution of PHE programs in general. In Assessment Corner (1:07:44), Tom explores the question: What’s the best rubric to use? Finally, in Tweets of the Week (1:19:46), Tom highlights Rik Rowe on Twitter (@RoweRikW).