In the summer of 2015, Dr. Cathy Box, an LCU School of Education faculty member, began working on “A Learning Box Blog,” a blog to provide resources for teachers, including links, advice, and research. Box’s posts focus on the basics of formative assessment and assessment learning, her passion and field of study.
“Assessment for learning spans elementary through college. When you do this well in your classroom, students will learn so much better,” said Box.
Over the years, Box tried to individually answer questions about assessment learning through email correspondence. Box’s daughter, Sarah, first gave her the idea to create a blog as a central location to provide resources to teachers and students. Sarah also helped design the webpage and logo for “A Learning Box Blog.”
Box has a long list of topics planned for future posts. She is constantly on the lookout for materials to incorporate and links that might benefit teachers in the classroom. As she continues “A Learning Box Blog,” she hopes to advance the material and increase the post frequency.
“I thought I’d sit down for an hour, write a little thing… but no. It’s taking me longer than I expected, but I’m happy with the results. I see comments and questions on Twitter and Facebook. I’ve had really good response, people telling me that they’ve been using my strategies in their classes.”
Check out this excerpt from Box’s post, “Ever Try to Hit a Moving Target?” and visit the blog to read more educational insights from Dr. Box:
“It doesn’t matter if you teach college world history or 3rd grade math, it should be perfectly clear to your students what they are expected to learn and be able to do, and what success looks like. It should never be a mystery! For some reason there are still those teachers who just dive right in and expect the students to follow blindly until they get to the end. We've already talked about backwards design and how important it is to start with the end in mind. An effective teacher decides even before starting the unit what the end goal is and what mastery will look like, then that information guides their scaffolding of the lessons. Why not share the learning targets with the students? If you share with your students exactly what the learning targets are and what success looks like, I promise you, they are much more likely to reach that target and do it well.”