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
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
Assessment shouldn't be an event--it should be a process. That is if we really want ALL of our students to reach proficiency.
For a number of years, I lacked the courage to go all in on grading reform. I long knew of the problems with traditional grading practices, but my concern about pushback from students, parents, and even administrators tempered my enthusiasm for beginning a large-scale reform. Further, I was concerned about the implications of grading in… Continue reading Going All In on Grading Reform: An Overview of My Implementation of 14 Practices & Policies