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Cheryl Bledsoe

November 13, 2017

Authentic assessment in today's classrooms: Two teachers' perspectives

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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.

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Sandy Merz

June 4, 2016

The Only Class Rule You'll Ever Need

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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. 

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Marcia Powell

May 17, 2016

Sorry, Not Sorry

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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.

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William  Tolley

February 13, 2016

Semester Without Grades: An Early Report from the Field

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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.

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