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Student-Centred Assessment to Support Inquiry-Based Learning

Practical strategies on student-focused assessment.

BC educators Trevor MacKenzie and Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt share their passion for inquiry through the lens of student-centred assessment practices including:

  • Nurturing student agency
  • Focusing learner competencies through scaffolded and intentional inquiry practices
  • Providing structures for rich collaboration
  • Opportunities to confer and use feedback to guide learning
  • Student ownership over the assessment process:
    • Co-designing expectations, goals and rubrics
    • Setting personalized goals

At the heart of this assessment work is the belief all students have the potential to grow and be successful in BC classrooms. Examples are provided from both primary and high school classrooms.

There are two ways to access the presentation:

  • Watch the videos below, working through the Pause and Ponder activities on your own or with one or more colleagues (recommended!)
  • Listen to audio of the entire presentation below or by downloading the mp3

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Trevor MacKenzie

Trevor MacKenzie is an experienced teacher, author, keynote speaker and inquiry consultant who has worked in schools throughout Australia, Asia, North America, South Africa and Europe. Trevor’s passion is in supporting schools in implementing inquiry-based learning practices. He is a highly regarded speaker known for his heartfelt storytelling, kind demeanour, and student-first philosophy. Trevor’s graduate research focused on identifying and removing the barriers to implementing inquiry-based learning in the K-12 setting. He is an inquiry practitioner currently as a teacher with the Greater Victoria School District in Victoria. He has two publications: Dive into Inquiry and Inquiry Mindset, both published by Elevate Books Edu. He has vast experience supporting schools across several years in implementation strategies in public schools, international schools, and International Baccalaureate programmes (PYP/MYP/DP).

Twitter: @trev_mackenzie
Instagram: @tntmackenzie

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Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt

Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt is a French Immersion Kindergarten teacher at George Jay Elementary School in Victoria, BC. She is the co-author of Inquiry Mindset with Trevor MacKenzie. She is passionate about finding ways to invite questions and build off learners’ curiosities and wonders. Through an inquiry-based approach, Rebecca empowers learners to explore, research and share their passions in innovative ways. Rebecca’s learners thrive in a child-centred environment, where they are challenged and supported to construct their own knowledge through hands-on and meaningful learning experiences. She weaves in First Peoples' ways of knowing, meaningful technology use and core competencies seamlessly into her practice to further connect and extend children’s learning. Rebecca is a graduate student at the Vancouver Island University, a thoughtful sketchnote artist and an enthusiastic blogger in the education community.

Twitter: @rbathursthunt
Instagram: @InquiryTeacher

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Moderator Dean Shareski

Dean Shareski is an award-winning leader, teacher, speaker, coach and author. He has worked as a classroom teacher, district leader and built community throughout North America. He also has over 12 years of experience in online instructional design and teaching. Dean is a seasoned presenter who brings high energy, humour and isn’t afraid to challenge himself and others with provocative thinking and ideas.

Twitter: @shareski

This presentation originated as a recorded webinar from October 8, 2020, part of the Ministry of Education’s Teaching Tenaciously: A Webinar Series to Support Educators as They Navigate Through Times of Uncertainty and Change.