Move to the Middle

Recently, I wrote a little about a concept I’m playing around with called Highly Responsive Teaching. Basically, it is centered around the idea that the teacher “moves to the middle”. I first heard of this phrase in Hacking Leadership by Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis, where they talk about being the link that connects people … Continue reading Move to the Middle

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Feedback FOR Learning

My students are starting to wrap up their first project of the school year, which is to create a model of a food web.  They are doing some amazing work ... and I couldn't be happier with all they have accomplished so far.  At this point in the process, we start peer reviewing to get … Continue reading Feedback FOR Learning

Be Together. Not the Same.

Ever looked at student work and thought it all looked the same? At some point last year, I remember flipping through something the students had worked on and thinking, "Man, that's interesting. These are all the same thing". I immediately went back and looked at the rubric. Of course it all looked the same, the rubric … Continue reading Be Together. Not the Same.

Why Don’t Report Cards Look Like Social Media?

Imagine it for a second.  What if report cards looked like Twitter?  Or Facebook?  Or Instagram? I've heard a few people toss this idea around recently.  At first, I couldn't wrap my mind around it.  But the more I pondered the idea, the more it started to make sense. Think about it.  It could be really … Continue reading Why Don’t Report Cards Look Like Social Media?

Students Owning the Assessment Process Through Rubric Creation

Ah, rubrics.  The favored tool for assessment by teachers.  Loved for their wonderful detail and their range of performance levels, rubrics are a great way to communicate expectations to students. Just like other teachers, I love a good rubric.  There's just one problem ... I'm really horrible at making them. I'm so horrible, in fact, that I've … Continue reading Students Owning the Assessment Process Through Rubric Creation

Student Perspective on the Shift to Standards-Based Grading

Last week, I had a very enlightening conversation with my students.  My district is transitioning to a standard-based report card next year, which includes the removal of letter grades from our system.  I have been using standards-based learning and grading in all of my sixth grade science classes throughout this current year, so my students are … Continue reading Student Perspective on the Shift to Standards-Based Grading