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
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
Once districts take the significant step of officially changing their reporting system, the real work of transitioning to the new system begins.
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
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