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August 06, 2015

... And Then It Didn't Save, a Cautionary Tale

Have you ever accidentally deleted all of your work? Not the best feeling in the world. Here are some tips of how not to do that!

July 29, 2015

5 Ways We Can Improve Professionalism in Our Students

People asked about non-academic skills that are often mixed up in assessing achievement. Consider the following tips when helping students learn about punctuality, organization, time management and creativity.

July 27, 2015

Using a Rubric Does NOT Ensure Student Learning

Do you use rubrics? How effective are they? Read on to learn how to develop rubrics that can be useful to students if they are going to be used.

July 12, 2015

Writing a Non-Grading Policy for Your School

It's time to take the no-grades policy school wide, are you ready? Read on to see the plan.

June 28, 2015

Being Recognized By Those Who Matter

This year's graduation wasn't as tear-filled as years past, but seeing students I've taught for three years find their way across our stage felt momentous. All dressed up, grown up and off to college, the students threw their confetti and eagerly said their goodbyes. I always get a preview to gradua...

June 14, 2015

If School Is Not 'The Real World,' What Is It?

The real world is a place we exist in all the time unless we are down the rabbit hole with Alice. So treat the learning experience in school like it matters.

June 09, 2015

Students Self-Assess For Mastery

You might be wondering if students are capable of grading themselves after a year worth of work. You may be asking if they can objectively review their growth and then take all of their understanding of mastery and parlay it into a letter grade that suits the old system... well they can.

June 02, 2015

Woeful Tales of Blindness in Proofreading

What happens when the teacher makes a mistake? Rather than publicly shame herself, she turns it into a learning opportunity, just as she would with her students.

May 12, 2015

Can You Be Convinced to Change Your Grading Policy?

Grading policies need to reflect the times, not the experiences of our childhood. What should determine a grading policy? Or shouldn't there be one at all.

April 28, 2015

Connect Learning to Life, NOT Tests

It's time to fight the testing culture and consider the bigger picture. How can educators better align learning for life and not for testing? As we make pedagogical decisions daily, teachers need to weigh the importance of learning vs cramming for a test that isn't going to impact a child's overall level of mastery.

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