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Standards-Based Grading Must Die

For those unaware, standards-based grading is a popular evaluation system designed to simplify teaching, learning, and assessment.  It strips a student's grade down to their ability to meet the announced standards.  The idea is that students will learn more easily if teachers grade based upon very explicit and clear standards.  Moreover, by standardizing the grading [...]

I Can’t Get Ahold of My Students: Tools for Maintaining Relationships with Students During Distance Learning

Teachers around the world are missing their students. We miss being in the classroom and getting to connect with real students in real-time. Every district has its own plan for when they will return to classes and some are even going back sooner rather than later. But what do we do during this time to [...]

Teaching from Home Part 2: Using Google Classroom to Stay Semi Connected

Less control brings a demand for the extra effort. In Chapter 1 of Teaching from Home imaginary book, I start by saying: Being away from the students has made the job more difficult. Teaching from home pushes challenges that normally exist in the spotlight. How do I reach the hardest to reach students? How do [...]

Teaching in a Post-COVID-19 World: 8 Bold Statements

I recently read an article on Politico where a group of "30 smart macro thinkers" recently contemplated how the Coronavirus will change the world. While many of their thoughts are far too Shangri-La and delusionally optimistic, it got me thinking about how this pandemic will change education - with 8 bold statements I'll make, and, [...]

Teaching in a Post-COVID-19 World: 8 Big Questions

I recently read an article on Politico where a group of "30 smart macro thinkers" recently contemplated how the Coronavirus will change the world. While many of their thoughts are far too Shangri-La and delusionally optimistic, it got me thinking about how this pandemic will change education - with 8 big questions I pose, and, [...]