Guest blog post by Starr Sackstein Start of School Series: Hacking Assessment Q & As – Shifting the Grading Mindset On this week’s Q & A, Isaac Wells and I discuss shifting the grading mindset. Defining this concept and how the grading mindset has come to shape students and teachers in our system. As we change the way we think… Read More »Going Gradeless with @mssackstein
35 students in a class. 70 standards to teach. 180 days of school. Teaching is about so much more than the numbers, but the numbers can tell a powerful story.
Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams allows you to add a rubric to an assignment. You can also share your rubrics with other teachers. Google Classroom Create an assignment in Google Classroom with a rubric. Locate the assignment on the Stream. Click on the stripe to expand the preview of the assignment. FROM THE PREVIEW find the rubric indicator and click… Read More »Sharing Rubrics in Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams
After opening a student document from Google Classroom it opens in the Feedback tool. Notice the arrows along the top that go to the next student… alphabetically. Instead, click on the tiny triangle in the student chooser bar and sort by “Status.” Now when you use the arrows to move to the next student it moves to the next student… Read More »Google Classroom: Sort Attachments by Status
Do You Waste Your Time Giving Feedback? Feedback is effective for learning. Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development basically says you can only get yourself so far and you need someone to push you further. This is what we do as teachers, we help kids get further. This means we can not just accept their initial response or attempt. We need… Read More »Giving Feedback Wastes Your Time
Help EVERY Child to Find Success I am a big Thomas Guskey fan. I first came across his research while a doctoral student (I dropped out.) My research focus was on “How can we make the gradebook more like World of Warcraft?” In my research on grading practices I frequently came across and cited Guskey. The Importance of the First… Read More »The First 2 Weeks by @tguskey
Which Gradebook Defines Your Classroom? I have been loathing this update since the first day that Google Classroom came out. The gradebook. Now it is here and it is available to everyone and it is terrible. How can one gradebook algorithm possibly define what unique and awesome things are going on in each teachers classroom? Send Feedback No point in… Read More »Google Classroom: Make Your OWN Grades
How Does That Score Make the Student Feel? I have fond feelings about my 4th grade teachers, both of them. Because I could not do math facts fast I had to repeat the 4th grade. My teachers were well intentioned with the timed math facts, but it has had a lifetime of negative impact on me. I am 42 year… Read More »Well Intentioned, but Damaging
Extra Credit Only Feeds The Rich Guest blog post by John Stevens Think about it… Who asks for extra credit? Who comes running up to the front of the classroom as soon as a project is assigned, asking what they can do to get extra points? Who is eagerly awaiting the explanation of the rubric wherein the creativity points get… Read More »Extra Credit Only Feeds The Rich by @jstevens009
Google Sheets Template for Monitoring Progress When looking at skills, objectives, and goals it is not always a one and done that we can check off. I like to say that the English standards are more habits of practice than something you can check off. So how do we monitor students doing something repeatedly over time towards a goal? Google… Read More »Progress Bar of Objectives Template
Ditch That Quiz with Pear Deck Guest Blog post by Mike Mohammad In their book, Ditch That Homework, Alice Keeler and Matt Miller call for a shift in what work in the classroom looks like in order to eliminate the need for students to do the traditional homework that leaves students spending hours mindlessly practicing rote skills or clueless as… Read More »Ditch That Quiz with Pear Deck by @mo_physics
Make Feedback Actionable You stayed up all night writing feedback comments on a kids paper. You’re an awesome teacher and a good human being BUT …. did you waste your time? Why did you leave feedback? I assume the reason is to improve learning. If not, why? If students do not read your comments, captain obvious says they didn’t learn… Read More »Who Read Your Feedback?
Rethink Your Paradigms About Grading I’m a fan of Thomas Guskey, I recommend you check out his books and other resources. I saw this tweet from a presentation he was giving on the July 24th, 2018 and I think it is worth reflecting on. Grading is NOT essential to the instructional process! @tguskey #masterylearning I’ve read extensive research around assignment… Read More »Grading is NOT Essential to the Instructional Process @tguskey
Waste Your Time with Invisible Feedback Feedback is one of the most effective elements for student learning. The best feedback is feedback that is specific, gives students something to respond to and is not only timely but while they are still working on the assignment rather than after the assignment. In a perfect world, I would give all feedback before students… Read More »Google Classroom: Invisible Feedback
You Are Not a Robot, Do Not Grade Like One First, let me confess that I have done bad things to students with grading. My teacher prep program provided no research or guidance on grading methods. I distinctly remember teaching summer school early in my career and a student was upset that I wouldn’t round up his grade. Kid had… Read More »You’re a Human Being – Do Not Assess Like a Robot