Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Assessing Grading in the Differentiated Classroom

As a 25+ year classroom teacher, I had come to embrace many of the values and practices Wormeli advocates before reading Fair Isn't Always Equal. So I was already "part of the choir." For those who aren't, Wormeli's book may not be so persuasive. (I think his Stenhouse Publishing videos are much more concrete and … Continue reading Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Assessing Grading in the Differentiated Classroom

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“Aha!” moments, baby steps, and  Tomorrow’s Lesson Plan

One day long ago, after the AP exam had finally arrived, I assigned a research paper to my classes.  One "4.0 student" didn't hand it in and got a poor grade for submitting a very late, poorly researched, rush job. How could this be?  I realized that my course largely consisted of sit down tests … Continue reading “Aha!” moments, baby steps, and  Tomorrow’s Lesson Plan

Getting Past Perfect

The stances we take as teachers can lead to ongoing growth in our practice — or frustrations and even failure. Getting past perfect in our stance toward technology integration is key.