Learning Dimensions: Another way to assess

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 5.49.17 PMMike Petrich and Karen Wilkinson, from the Tinkering Studio at San Francisco’s legendary Exploratorium museum, have created an alternative Learning Dimensions Framework for the assessment of student engagement in project-based learning.

Students are assessed for such measures as engagement, initiative and intentionality, social scaffolding, and development of understanding. While these measures are not easy to assess on the high-stakes tests used in most US public schools, those of us who teach know that these are the measures that really matter. Take a look!




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Jonathan Dietz

Jonathan is a teacher from Weston, Massachusetts, working to improve the teaching of project-based science, technology/engineering, and design in Grades K-8. After graduating from MIT with degrees in life sciences and electrical engineering, Jonathan was a clinical engineer with the Veterans Administration from 1975-2000, with a multitude of projects including prosthetic devices and interfacing, ICU, cath lab, operating room design, and other projects.