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June 30, 2019

Grades Are Lousy Preparation for Life

By analyzing how to judge job performance, instead of just striving for high grades, students may be better prepared to succeed when they get a real job.

April 29, 2019

Instead of Standardized Testing, Consider Portfolio Assessment

Since learning is so nuanced, so too should be the means in which we assess it. Let's offer students the opportunity to be seen as whole people who can demonstrate different skills and knowledge in a plethora of ways over a period of time.

March 26, 2019

Fear, the Kryptonite to Learning

The older we get, the harder it is to make change. Think about the adage, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." It is ingrained in us that change becomes almost impossible as we age, but that is simply not true.

February 01, 2019

Go Rogue, But Be Prepared for a Fight When it Comes to Giving Up Grades

Leaders need to support their most adventurous teachers and here are some suggestions about how.

January 22, 2019

Should We Be Teaching Optimism?

So tell students to try to compile their own facts and make their own opinions. The idea is the teach children how to think, not what to think, and see if you can intentionally help your students, your children, and yourself be more optimistic.

December 03, 2018

Shifting the Conversation: Change, Growth, and Assessment

Read how Michael Marchione is making sure students know they are more than just a number.

July 08, 2018

Build Learning Spaces That Inspire Innovation

Schools don't have to keep doing things the way they always have, not in terms of curriculum, assessment or learning spaces. There are ways to start making changes that can truly inspire and reinvigorate the learning process.

June 14, 2018

Since We Still Test, Teach Students to Dissect Questions

Testing has become an unfortunate, but an integrated part of the learning process and within that are the questions established to test students' ability to think. Too often, the questions that appear easiest on the page really are meant to deceive in complicatedly simplistic ways. Questions can lie and easily mislead students. It is our job as educators to help students break apart the meaning of each question to better be able to answer in the most effective ways. Check out this excerpt from The Power of Questioning.

April 12, 2018

Why I Opt My Son Out of State Testing

Let's start investing in our teachers and our schools and move to those forms of assessment, like portfolios for example. Using alternative assessments as a means to show growth is a winner for everyone and provides a level of equity that testing will never be able to provide.

April 10, 2018

Here's What One 8th Grader Thinks About Report Cards

Grades don't communicate learning, even the students are starting to see that. Read on to see one student's take on report cards and why they fail at assessing student learning.

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