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September 17, 2014

Taking Names and Giving Feedback

Switching over to standards based grading or no grading at all in a system that values the grade above all else can be a daunting endeavor, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't attempt it. After two weeks of school, the conversation has shifted in my classroom and I'm eager to continue my work with throwing out grades altogether.

September 03, 2014

Changing the Conversation: Grades vs. Learning

Ever wonder if the grading was the best way to handle communication about student achievement? Consider the system we currently use and ask yourself, is this the best we can do? Read on for another option that my just work better.

August 20, 2014

Teaching Students to Understand Standards

What good are standards if students don't understand them? Students need to understand the expectations, in a language that makes sense to them, so why not have them rewrite them?

August 18, 2014

Don't Hate the Standards, Hate the Test

Do you hate the Common Core or do you hate the tests that are associated with the Common Core? Do you have a hard time separating the two? Too often school stakeholders spend their energy focusing on the wrong issues and therefore never address the actual problem. Do you think it's time for a change?

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