What happens when a school community decides it is time to emphasize learning over grades? Magic! Students are capable of so much more than we know; we must trust, release control and provide lots of feedback to support and empower our learners of all ages.
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October 07, 2017
October 03, 2017
All learning experiences should be meaningful ones, even the reviews. How do you get students to review or recycle taught skills and content?
June 08, 2017
No single test can adequately show what a child knows and can do, therefore by the transitive property no single test can adequately show the impact one teacher has had on that student's learning. Read on to see why student exams shouldn't be used for teacher accountability and effectiveness.
May 28, 2017
Jonathan So shares his experiences of going "gradeless" and offers some insights into his process. Read on to see how he reflected and adjusted his learning to better help students reflect and grow as learners.
May 16, 2017
In the grand scheme of things, reading Shakespeare is still worthwhile, but we must find a way to help all students access it. When working with students who are reading below grade level and may not have a high interest in reading, we must try different kinds of projects that can get them excited about texts they wouldn't select on their own. What they will hopefully find is that Shakespeare is actually a bad ass. Macbeth is exciting and gory and it gets to the very nature of how power can corrupt people. The universal themes show throughout the play are easily connected with student lives and can continue to resonate with them as they connect the play to other learning.
May 02, 2017
From wizarding prejudices that mimic our real world hierarchies and racial complexities to learning truths about ourselves and others, Rowling explores societal challenges in a way that children and adults can relate to and possibly even start a deeper dialogue about.
April 26, 2017
At the heart of everything we do, we must be offering students a chance to grow as learners by exploring the world around them in a personally meaningful way. Going deeper than mere test questions is essential to them becoming life long learners.
April 23, 2017
Learning is a complicated and personal matter, the more control we give to our students, the more ownership they will take. This increases motivation and engagement and allows students to really be a part of their own success.
April 16, 2017
Since grades are largely arbitrary and subjective, we need to work hard to anchor the communication in facts and have some agreed upon criteria that will reflect the level of mastery each student is achieving.
April 02, 2017
Joe Fruscione shares tips from his career as college writing professor to help high school English teachers better prepare their students. Read on for some helpful dos and don'ts to better prepare your students for college.