November 13, 2017
by Cheryl Bledsoe
What teacher loves administering multiple assessments during the year? None, as the nuances of classroom assessment can be challenging in the world of high-stakes testing. Authentic assessment addresses these challenges, benefitting students with the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in a real-world application manner.
February 18, 2017
by Lori Nazareno
Teacher-Powered Schools Roundtable: TPSI Ambassador Rebekah Kang shares ways that they use data at her teacher-powered school.
July 25, 2016
by Barnett Berry
Micro-credentials can help K-12 schools seize the opportunity ESSA has presented, assembling powerful measures of deeper learning outcomes.
June 4, 2016
by Sandy Merz
Two and a half years ago, while reading Teach Like A Pirate by Dave Burgess, I made his one class rule: Don't Be Mean, my one class rule. In the more than 2000 class periods since then, I've had to call for administrative help with an unruly student exactly one time. As this year wound down, I asked students to name the best and worst things about the rule. Below are the most representative of their replies.
May 17, 2016
by Marcia Powell
I received a great email a few weeks ago. It called me out, questioned why I was doing something, and told me in no uncertain terms that my efforts were not appreciated. The frustration was evident, because it was from a 12 year old who did not understand why a designation (gifted, in this case) of a student gave them 'special treatment.' I responded to him and addressed the frustration. My mistake was in copying another adult.
March 22, 2016
by Sandy Merz
Why I can be proud of my students' high performance on a standardized test - and why I can't.
March 19, 2016
by Nancy Barile
What is a micro-credential? Why would a teacher want one? Read on to find out! http://hepg.org/hep-home/books/data-wise,-revised-and-expanded-edition
February 26, 2016
by Dave Orphal
I was talking to a teacher from Florida the other night and learned that her state has added an important element to the Common Core Standards, cursive writing.
February 13, 2016
by William Tolley
This past August I seized the opportunity be an early adopter (read: guinea pig) by requesting that my principal let me pilot a transitional gradeless classroom (our goal is to be a fully standards-based high school within 3-5 years). Six months later, I am emerging from the initial messiness of the process (that stage of cleaning your room when you’ve got your junk in piles all over the place, and can now start folding and filling drawers) so I thought I might share a few reflections in the moment.
December 28, 2015
by Sandy Merz
"Rolando" doesn't do much on computers. He doesn't read or write much either, although he can. He mostly gets Cs. He gets in trouble sometimes when he goes off on a teacher (but by all accounts has improved greatly since last year). We've had our own run-ins, including one I wrote about here. But...