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

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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 …