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

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?

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

What It Felt Like to Have a Blank Grade Book

It was ten days until the end of the quarter, and my grade book still did not have a single grade in it.   The grades were coming, so I was starting to breathe a little easier, but still ... eight weeks in and not a single published grade.   At the start of the… Continue reading What It Felt Like to Have a Blank Grade Book

Science is for Everyone …

Before teaching, I spent five years doing chemistry work in the labeling industry.  I always had a very mixed reaction when I would tell people what I did.  People would make the immediate connection to their school science classes and then proceed to tell me that they either loved science or they hated it. After… Continue reading Science is for Everyone …