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The Tempered Radical

Bill Ferriter

May 7, 2016

The Best Feedback is GATHERED, not GIVEN

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All y'all know that I've been completely consumed by reimagining the role that feedback should play in the modern classroom, right?  I've been reading darn near everything written by experts like Dylan Wiliam, Grant Wiggins, John Hattie, Rick Stiggins, Jan Chappuis, Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey.  More importantly, I've been tinkering with the feedback practices in my classroom for the better part of the past four years.

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Bill Ferriter

May 3, 2016

This is Why I Teach: Watching Kids Learn

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Over the last few days in class, my students have been working on an activity designed to introduce them to the similarities and differences between elements, mixtures and compounds.  It's pretty dry stuff, to be honest -- and the chances are that no matter how successful you've been in your life, you probably couldn't tell me much about the concepts that my kids are expected to master before the end of our matter unit.

That's the worst part of teaching a subject like science.  

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Bill Ferriter

April 12, 2016

New Slide: Prioritizing Grading over Feedback

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I'm more than a little spent tonight. Not sure why, but I don't have a ton to give.  Whenever I get to that point, I like to work on slides.  Something about tinkering with words and colors and layouts leaves me refreshed.

So I whipped up a slide for a thought that has been sitting in the back of my mind for a while now.  I think it reflects an uncomfortable truth about what schools have become in our quest for accountability.

Hope that it challenges your thinking.  More importantly, I hope that you use it to challenge someone else's thinking:

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