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If Grades don't Advance Learning, Why Do We Give Them? Posted by Bill Ferriter on Friday, 09/18/2015.

If Grades don't Advance Learning, Why Do We Give Them?

Hacking Feedback: The Bookends. This is part one of a three-part series by Sean on reforming feedback.

Hacking Feedback: The Bookends

This post focuses on structures for making students’ perception of their work, and reception of feedback, visible. I have a love-hate relationship with giving feedback. How To Give Students Specific Feedback That Actually Helps Them Learn. How To Give Students Specific Feedback That Actually Helps Them Learn.

How To Give Students Specific Feedback That Actually Helps Them Learn

How To Give Students Specific Feedback That Actually Helps Them Learn. How To Give Students Specific Feedback That Actually Helps Them Learn.

How To Give Students Specific Feedback That Actually Helps Them Learn

7 Key Characteristics Of Better Learning Feedback. 7 Key Characteristics Of Better Learning Feedback by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education. The 80/20 Rule: Maximize Your Potential in Less Time. What makes the biggest difference in your teaching?

The 80/20 Rule: Maximize Your Potential in Less Time

If you hop online to the places where teachers hang out and ask that question, you will hear a bevy of answers. It only begets more questions. Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers. Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers by Terry Heick Clocks and old watches are miracles.

Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers

If you’ve ever taken one apart and had a look at the intricate gears with their jutting teeth reaching out with just the right math to tick in rhythm with the pulse of the universe, you’ll see that whatever mind conjured the thing and all its parts is mad. Imagine the dogged pursuit of a proper clock-maker, day after day bound up in design and measurement and function and orderly thinking, forcing exactitude on little bits of metal that never asked for it. And then finally getting it right–so many decisions and matters of design suddenly set the clock off ticking forever. Edutopia. Ramsey Musallam’s TED Talk on his "3 Rules to Spark Learning" inspires the need to foster students' curiosity.

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As educators, we want them to ask questions and explore their ideas, which can lead to a rich inquiry-based classroom. From young children whose mantra for everything is "Why? " to teens that require effective inquiry skills as part of their preparation for successful post-secondary life, this need is high. But our challenge is where to begin. Here are four protocols to help jump-start a culture of fostering student inquiry that, in turn, fosters questions and ideas. 1. Formatively Assess The Understanding Of Fractions. Creating Essential Questions. Essential Questions created by Pat Clifford and Sharon Friesen Essential Questions develop foundational understandings.

Creating Essential Questions

They provide the fundamental organizing principles that bound an inquiry and guide the development of meaningful, authentic tasks. Essential questions have several key components: Edutopia. What is qualitative formative assessment?

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Some call it anecdotal or informal assessment. However, such designations imply passivity -- as if certain things were captured accidentally. I believe the word "formative" should always be included with the word assessment because all feedback mechanisms should help shape and improve the person (or situation) being assessed. Wedging the word "qualitative" into my terminology differentiates it from the analytic or survey-based measures that some associate with the term formative assessment. For my purposes, qualitative formative assessment is the ongoing awareness, understanding, and support of learning that is difficult or impossible to quantify. Carly Schuler stated that the learner needs to be mobile, not the technology. 8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions.

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions by Terry Heick Questions can be extraordinary learning tools.

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions

A good question can open minds, shift paradigms, and force the uncomfortable but transformational cognitive dissonance that can help create thinkers. In education, we tend to value a student’s ability to answer our questions. A Quick Guide To Questioning In The Classroom.

A Guide to Questioning in the Classroom. Misunderstanding The Gradual Release Of Responsibility Framework. Misunderstanding The Gradual Release Of Responsibility Framework by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Yes, reading strategies–and explicit teaching of them–make a considerable difference, as my previous four blog posts here, here, here, and here make clear. And there is much to like about the idea of the gradual release of (teacher) responsibility in the teaching of those strategies for reading – or anything else where we want skillfulness.

The approach is interactive, empowering for kids, easy for most teachers to grasp and implement, and grounded in research. The A-B-Cs of Giving Feedback to a Colleague. Providing feedback. It’s so much more than sharing some helpful information with another person regarding his or her work. It’s a gift — a chance to help someone improve themselves or their work, and ultimately our students will benefit. If you think about it, feedback is as much about you as the person you’re providing it to. Edutopia. I thought I could read my students' body language. I was wrong. As an experiment, I used Socrative when I taught binary numbers. What I learned forever changed my views on being a better teacher. Why Formative Assessment Makes Better Teachers Formative assessment is done as students are learning. Here's what happened in my classroom. 60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques. 60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques.

10 Smart Tools For Digital Exit Slips. Snapshots Of Understanding? 10 Smart Tools For Digital Exit Slips by Ryan Schaaf, Assistant Professor of Technology, Notre Dame of Maryland University. Can we change the PD culture of communication? Student Feedback: Six Questions for Teachers. 7 Effective Templates For Teacher Feedback. Feedback in the classroom is often one-sided: the teacher gives feedback and the student receives it, generally relating to the quality of their work.

Depending on the level of the students you teach, you may find yourself subject to student evaluation, but generally that only comes once a semester (at least at the university level), and generally when the course is completed and grades are either done or almost done. When I was a teacher, some of the most useful feedback I got was from my students at the end of the semester.

Often times, I would read the course evaluations and wish that the students had told me what they were thinking before so that I could tweak something, add something, quit doing something that wasn’t working, etc. Especially as a new teacher, that feedback was super helpful. 5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners. The humble question is an indispensable tool: the spade that helps us dig for truth, or the flashlight that illuminates surrounding darkness. Questioning helps us learn, explore the unknown, and adapt to change. 5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students. My first year teaching a literacy coach came to observe my classroom. 7 Things To Remember About Classroom Feedback. Dylan wiliam presentation. ASTE2013FormativeAssessmentandStudentMotivation_Paper. Assessment for learning: are you using it effectively in your classroom?

Engagement and effort are essential characteristics of good learners. SmartBlog on Education - Are grades the problem, or is it our approach? - SmartBrief, Inc. SmartBlogs SmartBlogs. Few topics seem to strike a chord with educators like grading practices and, specifically, the practice of not giving grades. The 7 Most (And Least) Effective Ways To Improve Student Achievement.