Ladder of Inference

The Ladder of Inference is deceptively simple. It is a visual representation of how we construct our mental models. Entering this conversation through an assessment lens, we’ll explore the complexity behind metacognition: making our thinking explicit and then questioning it.

Deep Dive Webinar

In this 90 minute webinar we will dive more deeply into the nuances of the Ladder of Inference, blur the lines between data, interpretation and conclusion and explore how we might assess student thinking. The webinar will be part lecture, followed by a Q&A and guided conversation.

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 14th , 7-8:30pm EST

Watch the webinar recording:

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Ladder of Inference Slides

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Ladder of Inference Handout

Please do not watch this video before we say during our session on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019. Thank you!



Please do not open this document until we say during our session on Tuesday, May 14th. Thank you!

Playing with New Ideas

To dive more deeply into the Ladder of Inference you have three parts to your homework:

  1. Teach the Ladder of Inference | If you’ve already been doing it, do it in a new with or for a new purpose. Post one student example to the Microsoft Teams group. It can be an example done well, poorly or anything in between.

  2. Your Single-Point Rubric | Edit the Single Point Rubric for your Ladder of Inference. Assess the student work you posted. Don’t post your Single Point Rubric.

  3. Single-Point Rubric for your Team | Choose two Ladders of Inference posted by two people in your mentorship team. Assess their student work. Post a picture of your Single-Point Rubric as a comment to their Ladder of Inference.

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Single-Point Rubric


Mentor Session

In the same small groups, you will meet with a mentor. Your mentor will help guide the conversation for everyone to share what they tried, what worked, what didn’t, what questions arose and what’s next. Bring artefacts from your classroom and practice to each session to share. If possible, we encourage you to meet in person with your small team for the session. Your mentor will join you remotely.

Group names and times TBD.