Purposefully Examining Student Work for Instructional Decision-Making

Monday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online
Afternoon Mini Workshop


Kim Cheek, University of North Florida

Collaboratively examining student work and thinking has emerged as a powerful tool to improve instruction in K-12, but it has been used less frequently in higher education. It is a reflective practice that is part of an instructor's toolkit for continuous improvement. Participants in this session will be introduced to protocols for collaboratively examining student work and will practice using them. Participants are encouraged to bring one or more deidentified examples of student work from a course assignment to discuss. Resources for implementing this strategy will be shared.

Participants are encouraged to bring a sample student work product (deidentified) they can use for practice during the workshop. Possible work products include labs, projects, writing assignments, etc.)


By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Recognize the value of collaboratively evaluating student work for instructional decision-making
  • Use a protocol for examining student work to make instructional decisions
  • Identify ways to use examining student work and thinking to improve their instruction


(Program starts at 12 p.m. PT, 1 p.m. MT, 2 p.m. CT, and 3 p.m. ET. Times below are represented as hour minute to standardize among time zones. 0:00 means to 12:00 pm PT, 1:00 pm MT, 2:00 pm CT, and 3:00 pm ET.)

0:00 Welcome, introductions, and workshop overview

0:15 Background information--What does it mean to purposefully examine student work and thinking? Protocols for examining student work Examining Student Work and thinking.pptx (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 324kB Jul1 21) examining student work and thinking protocol.docx (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 29kB Jun30 21)

0:30 Practice examining student work and thinking example 1 examining student work example 1.docx (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 28kB Jun30 21)

1:15 Break

1:30 Finish examining student work example 1, if needed. Debrief--What questions do we have?

1:45 Examining student work and thinking example 2 examining student work example 2 weather and climate concept maps.docx (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 1.3MB Jun30 21) or use a deidentified student work product from your own student(s)

2:10 Final debrief; sharing of additional resources, next steps

2:20 Wrap-up and workshop evaluation

2:30 Adjourn


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