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Learning Outcomes and Rubrics: Putting the Cart behind the Horse

9 June @ 6:30 pm 7:30 pm IST

Dear all

We are happy to announce a talk by Darab Nagarwalla on “Learning Outcomes and Rubrics: Putting the Cart behind the Horse“. This talk will be beneficial to anyone who is interested or has tried designing lesson plans. This talk is organised by the Living Waters Museum in collaboration with Transforming Education for Sustainable Futures, India  (as a part of ongoing work towards developing Water Classrooms).

Date and Day: 9th June 2022, Thursday
Time: 6:30 PM
Duration: 60 mins

Zoom link:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81000610132?pwd=TG5jNWU2YnJ0dVh6SEt4bHB0TVZxQT09

Abstract: While designing a lesson, educators often tend to get excited over an activity to teach a topic, then try to figure out what their students are going to learn from it. Often, this leaves a gap between the expectations of the teacher and what the students actually learn. Also, students are normally assessed only on one axis – that of content assimilation, with a numerical score or percentage. The motivated student can only try to guess at what this score means to their learning experience- where their strengths lie, and what areas they need to improve on.

In this hour-long session, Darab gives a clearer picture of the expectation gap and how to resolve it. Working on some examples, he demonstrates how to design a lesson starting with the learning outcomes and working “backwards” to the activity. He also unpacks how rubrics can be powerful tools to assess the students.

About the speaker: Darab obtained a BSc in environmental studies from Northland College, Wisconsin. He worked for 17 years with NGOs working on resolving issues of environmental degradation and livelihoods with village communities of Saurashtra and later in Kumaon and Garhwal in Uttarakhand. He then reinvented himself as an outdoor and environmental educator and later trained and licensed as a science teacher. He is passionate about the outdoors as a great teaching tool, and the need to connect theory with relevant, real-life concerns and experiences. He also has a natural affinity, in his own words, with the lovable craziness of the world of middle school students.

Please circulate the message among your circles if it might be of interest to them. We hope to see you all for the talk!

Thanks & Regards,


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