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grading reform

Helping Teachers to Begin Grading Reform: A Staff-wide Grading Email

If you've taken steps to improve your own grading practices to be more accurate and equitable, then hats off to you. But a big part of a teacher's grading reform work should also be helping other teachers to do the same. Few teachers, if any, receive any education on effective grading in their teacher preparation… Continue reading Helping Teachers to Begin Grading Reform: A Staff-wide Grading Email

curriculum, distance learning, instruction

Planning Ahead to Keep Up With the Rapid Evolution of School

Like it or not, our schools are rapidly changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When schools first closed in March, educators had little time to prepare for the precipitate transition to distance learning. Perhaps most challenging was the unknown: not knowing what effective distance learning instruction looks like, not knowing exactly how to do it,… Continue reading Planning Ahead to Keep Up With the Rapid Evolution of School

distance learning, grading reform

Motivating Students Without Grades

Image by Gerd Altmann As distance learning continues around the country, teachers may find themselves grappling with the topic of student motivation. Bereft of the traditional tools and strategies commonly used to motivate students in face-to-face instruction, teachers may feel powerless to teach any student other than the most motivated. And for many, the biggest… Continue reading Motivating Students Without Grades

distance learning

Some Criticisms of Distance Learning Packets

I’ve been openly critical of the packets that school districts around the country have assigned en masse as a part of their COVID-19 response plans. So I’d like to provide context for these criticisms. I'd also like to point out that these criticisms are meant to push our schools to continue to do more to serve… Continue reading Some Criticisms of Distance Learning Packets

literacy, Uncategorized

Resource Spotlight: Argument of the Week

Photo by geralt from Pixabay As an English teacher, I've been profoundly influenced by the work of Kelly Gallagher. Although I've heard him speak many times and read most of his books, I was recently inspired by his keynote talk on fostering literacy in the classroom at the California Teachers of English Conference (CATE) in… Continue reading Resource Spotlight: Argument of the Week

grading reform

Reflections on First Semester Grading Reform: 3 Challenges

This post continues from the previous one in which I shared some initial reflections on my first semester grading reforms. I’m doing so for two main reasons:  To be thoughtful and deliberate, hopefully learning as much as possible from the experience to continuously improve my own practice.To help others who may be undertaking similar grading… Continue reading Reflections on First Semester Grading Reform: 3 Challenges

grading reform, Uncategorized

Reflections on First Semester Grading Reform: 3 Successes

It’s approximately the half-way mark of the school year, and to me, this means a couple of especially important things. It means the first semester is finished and grades have become a permanent part of student transcripts. With the second semester comes the opportunity to reflect on the successes and challenges of the 14 grading… Continue reading Reflections on First Semester Grading Reform: 3 Successes