April 6, 2015
by Renee Moore
Under the current state and federal educational policies, test scores are used to justify punishing schools and their students for being chronic underperformers BEFORE necessary steps have been taken to correct the profoundly unequal learning conditions deliberately created for the children in those schools.
April 3, 2015
by Robert Sterner
Going skills based? Tired of flat, dull writing that lacks any evidence of higher-order thinking? Check out two ways to go beyond the film review for true, in-depth analysis of film.
April 1, 2015
by Sandy Merz
What in your context would make a great April Fools joke - except that it's true?
March 30, 2015
by Liz Prather
What happens when you abolish grades for twelve weeks and allow students to create and grow for the sake of learning? Some kids hated it, some kids loved it, and some didn't give a flip either way. Here, in their own words, are the reflection of my freshman and sophmore class about our "No Grades!" experiment.
March 5, 2015
by Brianna Crowley
This post is the second in a series of posts challenging the traditional 100-point grading system and exploring alternatives. In my last post, I discussed some event leading me to deeply question the role of grades in my classroom. In the week since then, a vibrant conversation has ensued both in the comments section as well as in blog posts from fellow colleagues who I list below.
February 28, 2015
by Liz Prather
The politicos and the number crunchers haven’t invented the measuring stick calculates the real returns of teaching. If you have to know, don't be a teacher. Instead of those calibrations, seek to expand your ability to extend encouragement, build up rather than tear down, and always be in the business of grace.
February 25, 2015
by Brianna Crowley
This post is the first in a series of reflections on our current grading system where I try to tackle these questions: Is the current system fair and relevant? What is the relationship between grading and learning? What alternatives to the 100 point system do educators have? Throughout the series, you will hear from other classroom teachers, my current students, and researchers who have delved into these questions with a scientific lens. In the final post, I will share what I plan to do in my own classroom as a result of these conversations and reflections.
February 20, 2015
by Julie Hiltz
It’s nearly impossible these days to have a conversation with someone about public schools that doesn’t involve testing. At some point it’s highly likely that the symbol for “education” will shift from a flame or an apple to a Scantron sheet.
February 19, 2015
by Ariel Sacks
Is anyone else noticing that students—especially in middle school—often receive reading intervention class at the expense of foreign language or arts? There are very real scheduling constraints that explain this common reality, but putting that aside, I’m wondering if this practice makes sense for kids.
February 5, 2015
by Tricia Ebner
For the past few weeks, a battle has been underway over whether or not differentiation is really a useful, effective tool in classrooms. What do you think? Is differentiation a worthwhile and effective strategy?