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Process and product

Posted on: February 4, 2019

I enjoyed Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The storyline and animation were excellent.

I did not realise just how much backstory there was even to one of the more ordinary segments of the movie. Thankfully its creators shared insights and rationales for their choices.

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Their reflection reminded me of a theme I revisit several times a year on this blog. Products are obvious, but processes that created them often are not. People see the products and not the processes, leading them to stick to their own assumptions or perspectives.

The same could be said about teaching and learning. We might focus on the products like lesson resources and grades, but conveniently forget the more important processes that drive them.

As schools here try to focus more on learning and improvements to assessment, I hope that they take advantage of an old tool that combines both — e-portfolios. I remind those that do to remember that the products showcased in portfolios should be gateways into reflections and evidence of learning processes.

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