Shannon L. Schinkel
For every child in every classroom to succeed, and every educator to be empowered to get them there.
I’ve been a Humanities and Drama teacher in Prince George for 25 years. I’m also a wife to an amazing husband and a mom to two fine kids (age 18 and 23) who are both in post-secondary education. I am moderately addicted to awards shows, television, movies, Wordle & other word games my two cats, one dog, Audible, education podcasts, and reading.
I began my assessment journey many years ago when I began my career as a Special Education resource teacher. I learned so much from working with those kids, especially personal goals and learning on a continuum. Later, I was part of a Secondary Assessment Learning team, I gave up giving up zeroes and tried to make assessment meaningful to my students by bringing them into the folds of assessment.
That spirit of transformation has evolved into a spirit to challenge traditional assessment systems and showcase what more equitable assessment practices have to offer. I love to work with teachers about how they can evolve their practices through workshops and presentations. In the past few years, I’ve been designing proficiency sequences that have shaped the way I teach my students through a learning pathway. My radical assessment shifts are helping build a more positive assessment culture in my classroom.
I tell people that I’m a sharer and I’m a disruptor. I love to write about both and I’m proudly long-winded. I don’t just touch on an idea, I dig deep! But above all, I’m reflecting and developing which is why each of my blogs end with… #MyGrowthMindset.