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?

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