How to Minimize Grading and Maximize Learning

Grading is one of the aspects about teaching that I don’t think we’ll ever figure out completely—at least most of us.  I always started every year with a system of inboxes and outboxes and plans to get everything graded and returned quickly, yet it fell apart within weeks—if not days.  Multiple choice quizzes—especially when we … Continue reading How to Minimize Grading and Maximize Learning

The Million-Dollar Question: How do I get them to read?

On the day before Thanksgiving break, a science teacher at my school brought her students to the media center computer lab to complete a webquest. She had curated texts and websites related to an upcoming unit and created a multiple-choice reading check question for each source. Students were expected to visit the links, read the … Continue reading The Million-Dollar Question: How do I get them to read?

Clear the Clutter: A Filing System that Works

I’ve been making pretty good progress reading (sometimes reviewing or revisiting) a professional book a week this year. Most of the books are teaching books, but I’m always looking for ways to bring ideas from other fields into the classroom, and during the month of October, I found myself on a productivity binge. It seemed … Continue reading Clear the Clutter: A Filing System that Works

How to Simplify Your Rubric and Get Better Results

I do not think anyone who has ever graded a project, essay, or performance doubts the usefulness of a grading rubric.  We know that a rubric done well allows teachers to clarify our expectations, providing concrete guidelines for students removes subjectivity from classroom assignments enables students to assess their own work or seek feedback from … Continue reading How to Simplify Your Rubric and Get Better Results

In the Classroom, Mistakes Add up to Success

As part of a school-wide professional development initiative, we’re reading Carol Dweck’s Mindset this year. Our goal is to learn about the growth mindset in hopes of fostering those beliefs and behaviors in our students, but as I read and talk with my colleagues, I can’t help but think about our own mindsets in relation … Continue reading In the Classroom, Mistakes Add up to Success