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Teaching Memo: Support from Our Institutions / Districts

Support from those whose job it is to support our work is perhaps the single make-or-break factor that has the biggest impact on a teacher’s effectiveness. That’s not really a thought I’m willing to defend – it just seems to … Continue reading

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Gamification as a Boat-Building Exercise

Unlike many teachers, I do not teach the same content every year. Sometimes, I wish I were planning a unit I’ve taught many times before – and I’ve lived that experience in the past – but most of the time … Continue reading

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It’s about the relationship…

We teachers are not mere content-delivery mechanisms. Instead, the most important part of my job as I understand it is to build a helpful relationship with the student. Over the years, this actually has been news to me. Honestly, I’ve … Continue reading

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Why I Stopped Giving Zeroes as Grades

A year ago, I stopped giving any zeroes in my classes. Having adopted this policy and used it for a full academic year, I offer for your consideration the top three reasons I am continuing not to assign zeroes. TLDR … Continue reading

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A Critical Lens: Standards-Based and Competency-Based Grading

As I’ve been learning more about Standards-Based Grading and Competency-Based Grading, I am struck by something: they don’t appear to be any different in practical application from traditional grade reporting. They distinguish themselves, but they fail to be different in … Continue reading

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