Using Positive Feedback in Math Classrooms

If you were a “good” math student, your teacher may have filled your papers with a checkmark next to each correct answer. But handing back “perfect work” with a slew of checkmarks is a missed opportunity for math teachers. Every time we provide a student with feedback, we have a chance to send a message. […]

How to Give Assessments a Boost With PBL

There are many mixed messages in education. For instance, there are tons of mandated tests to help schools identify and analyze data, but I believe there’s also a moral imperative to ensure that learning is authentic and meaningful to students. These two principles, assessments and authenticity, need not be an oxymoron. They can support each other, […]

Designing Meaningful Assessments in World Language Classes

Lengthy, strictly grammar-based multiple-choice assessments are a trend of the past in world language classes. Rather than drilling students on particular grammatical points or vocabulary in isolation, meaningful world language assessments should focus on authentic, real-world scenarios in which students use the language in practical and realistic ways. What does such an assessment look like? […]

3 Grading Practices That Should Change

Moving Away From Traditional Practices 1. Averaging scores over time: Most grade books average scores over time. We teach for a semester and evaluate students at different intervals. For a student who comes in with strong skills, this feels like a fine practice. But think about this scenario: Marisa came to class with super-strong skills […]

Simple Ways to Solicit Peer Feedback

It can be hard as a high school English teacher to stay on top of grading all the writing, reading, and speaking I ask my students to do, and yet I know the value of timely and meaningful feedback. Last year I realized that the feedback doesn’t always need to come from me—it can also be […]