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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.

January 16, 2018

Nurture Each Child's 'Smart'

As we continue to keep ALL of our kids in mind, it is essential for us to provide continuous opportunities for students to see themselves as smart by their own definitions, not just in the traditional sense. No child should leave a day of school feeling stupid.

June 25, 2017

Five Things for Next Year

As every new year begins, so does the adventure. After you've had time to reflect on this past school year, what will be your five goals for next year?

March 16, 2017

Make Standards Visible in Mastery Communication

Assessing students is a serious business and the better we get at it, the more students get out of it, enabling them to start doing it for themselves becoming more independent learners. We simply can't value things like "USB- remains in class" when it comes to assessing learning.

December 21, 2016

Teach Students to Break Down Criteria for Success

Students need to know what is being assessed, so they can name and understand what they are learning and more importantly why. In this way they can start to connect their learning to real skills that will be of use to them in the future.

June 09, 2016

End of Year Projects Show Mastery Levels Better Than State Mandated Tests

As the conversation about communicating learning continues to evolve, it's not just grades we need to reconsider but the means in which we assess students that determine that level of mastery.

May 03, 2016

Empower Students to Self-Assess for Report Card Grades

To shift grading mindsets, it's important include students in the conversation about their grades.

March 15, 2016

Tips for Teaching Students to Receive Critical Feedback

Students need to learn to hear feedback in a meaningful way that doesn't just put them on the defensive, but rather keeps them open to moving forward and becoming a better learner.

January 28, 2016

Testing: An Unfortunate Roadblock In Student Learning

If we want students to apply their knowledge to a new task that shows their ability to use the skills they've learned, why does that have to take the form of written timed tests over a two week period for every class they are taking?

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.

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