Launching Venture amid a pandemic offered a unique proposition. Here is a tool that can demonstrably support the sort of distance learning that quarantine situations required. We developed it to include a simplicity of function, a tool that classrooms could use as needed, without the headaches of “big picture” implementation. But being able to present this idea to education leaders and classroom teachers proved to be a challenge. Emails and zoom conferences could only go so far.
If there is one thing that education cannot get enough of, it is labels.
Labels help us to define and sort a collection of tasks and materials that allow us to do the most magical things. There are “bellringers” and “exit tickets,” and “quizzes,” but no label has a looser definition than “formative.” Formative means different things to different districts, to different schools, to different departments within schools, even from room-to-room.