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January 24, 2016

Let's Replace Transcripts With Portfolios

As education begins to change and we reconsider how we assess students, we can't continue to do what is easiest for institutions at the expense of what is best for students. Testing and transcripts have never been very helpful to many students. They end up being accurate for only a very small percentage of kids. Using portfolios would be a far more beneficial way to show what kids know.

January 21, 2016

What's in an "A"? A Grade of Any Other Letter Doesn't Smell as Sweet

Perhaps systemically, we can start the shift to standards based grading and then eventually to no grades at all, giving students the opportunity to take joy in what they take in rather than worry about how they perform on tests and their report cards.

January 19, 2016

The Perils of Late Work and How to Make It Count

What do you do when a student chronically turns work in late, doesn't even try to get it in on time, at least it seems that way and you want to correct the situation without letting the kid "off the hook"?

January 12, 2016

Conduct Conferences During Class Time

Once the conferences have been completed, there are no surprises come report card time. Students know what is going on and so do parents. These conversations keep learning transparent and progress is always in the open. Making sure that students understand where their mastery level is and what needs improvement ensures continued growth and focus in the upcoming term; it also helps us differentiate better.

January 10, 2016

Students Can Grade Themselves When We Make It About Learning

Although doing report card grades is my least favorite part of teaching, working with students to determine an appropriate level of learning has greatly improved the experience. I love to list to students talk about what they are most proud of and read their answers to their forms. It's as much an opportunity for them to reflect as it is for me.

January 03, 2016

Want To Know What's Wrong With Averages?

Would you want to be judged by the mean of your experience or would you want people to know the depths and levels of your progress in specific places? Consider what "average" means before you sit down with your grade book to do report cards and ask yourself how meaningful it really is. Read on to understand why we MUST stop averaging student learning as a means of communication.

December 20, 2015

Using Google Forms to Teach Kids to Give Quality Feedback

Providing feedback is in fact an art and we can scaffold the process to make kids better at it, using technology or without. How do you help students provide better feedback? Read on to find out how I teach students to do it better.

December 01, 2015

Reviewing Student Work to Norm Departmental Expectations

Norming expectations around student learning is essential to being able to take data and use it on a bigger level to ensure progress as a school. If all stakeholders understand what success looks like and we have examples to point students and teachers too, the outcome can only be better

November 19, 2015

Expand Your Audience, Reciprocity in Action With Triberr

Do you want to expand the reach of your writing and develop a killer audience? Check out Triberr for amplification of your work. It's free and easy to use. Read more here to learn about what Triberr can do for you.

October 25, 2015

10 Tips for Offering Excellent Feedback

Avoid using "pretty words" to escape the powerful but time consuming task of giving learning altering feedback. Read on for some useful tips.

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