Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Austin's Butterfly- Video on the power of models, critique, and descriptive feedback

Holy smokes... Mind blown!  Maybe some of you have seen this video before but it's new to me.  I WILL be using this for sure in my classroom this year.  The description is as follows,

Ron Berger from Expeditionary Learning demonstrates the transformational power of models, critique, and descriptive feedback to improve student work. Here he tells the story of Austin's Butterfly. 1st grade students at ANSER Charter School in Boise, ID, helped Austin take a scientific illustration of a butterfly through multiple drafts toward a high-quality final product.
This video is one of 27 videos that accompany Expeditionary Learning's new book, Leaders of Their Own Learning: Transforming Schools through Student-Engaged Assessment. For more information visit:

Be sure to watch and show Austin's Butterfly to your kids at school... I think it's quite powerful.  


  1. I have never seen this! It's awesome! I pinned it so i can use it when we talk about how to look and critique! Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Thanks for sharing -- this is terrific!!!!

  3. This was really great, I'm totally showing my kiddies this! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. This is a terrific video, thanks for sharing. It will be so easy to reflect back to all school year as the critiques begin!


  5. I have never seen this either! Very cool work Austin and class.