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Assessments & Grading
A teacher attempts implementing re-takes and asks, "What was I getting into? Would I be inundated with work? Would the kids just slack off on the first try at an assignment? Would it even make a difference?" Here's what happened on the blog, The Art and Science of Teaching.
Ken O'Connor, Lee Ann Jung and Douglas Reeves posit that a better grading system would produce grades that are FAST (fair, accurate, specific, timely).
Network website for Assessment FOR Learning, with blogs, forums, videos and hot topic articles on assessment practices. *
Wednesdays from 9 – 10 p.m. EST (North America), Darin Jolly, Ken O’Connor, Tom Murray, Garnet HIllman, Michele Corbat, Rik Rowe, Rick and many others host a great conversation on standards-based assessment and grading. All levels of expertise and perspective are invited.
Standards Based Grading and the Game of School: Craig Messerman at TEDxMCPSTeachers
Craig Messerman is a 9th and 10th grade physical science and biology teacher at Sentinel High School in Missoula, Montana. He has been teaching science in Montana since 1988, after earning his teaching credentials and undergraduate degree in geology from the University of Montana. In 2000 he received an M.S. in Science Education from Montana State University. While at Sentinel High School, he has collaborated on freshman teaching teams and smaller-learning communities, and he is currently working on a freshman STEM Academy to be implemented in 2014.
Shannon Shult—Standards-Based Grading
Des Moines Public Schools teachers speak of their experiences with standards-referenced grading.
Standards-Based Grading: Converting to Letter Grades
Matt Townsley describes three ways teachers can convert standards to letter grades.
Highlighting Mistakes—A Grading Strategy
By Jamalee Stone
Standards Based Grading—A Student's Perspective
By Matt McCullough
Standards Based Grading—A Teacher's Perspective
By Matt McCullough
You've got to decide on the best way to present material. To do that, you've got to know what kind of learners your students are. And to know this, you've got to be a good learner and thinker yourself. (Article by Tan Oon Seng)
Once an AP teacher and now a building administrator, Reed's work and leadership with SBG, let alone the professional development he provides in other areas, are exceptional and worth exploring.
Larry Ferlazzo responds to a question on balancing district mandates and
Debbie Silver: I Am a Teacher
Debbie Silver explaining why teachers should be proud to be TEACHERS!
Annual Conference for Middle Level Education: We Hold These Middle School Truths to Be Self-Evident...and Worth Fighting For
This rousing session, featuring education thought leader and passionate middle level education advocate, Rick Wormeli, will celebrate teaching and leading in our middle schools. You’ll attend a simulation of the Second Continental Congress—this time with a focus on middle school rather than the Declaration of Independence—as we celebrate the goals, energy, and successes of middle level educators. Rick will bring you style, flare, and excitement, and inspire and recharge you to stay committed to the important work you do.
David Cutler interviews Rick Wormeli on doing what's fair in the differentiated classroom, hosting by Spin Education.
Can You Solve This?
Veritasium asks, "How do you investigate hypotheses? Do you seek to confirm your theory - looking for white swans? Or do you try to find black swans? I was startled at how hard it was for people to investigate number sets that didn't follow their hypotheses, even when their method wasn't getting them anywhere."
Getting Started on Differentiated Instruction
Carol Tomlinson provides an explanation on getting started with differentiate instruction.
Assessments, Grading and Mastery Learning: Healthy Practices for All Learners
Lee Ann Jung offers this half-hour differentiated assessment and