Rubrics can be a beast. They are time-consuming, challenging to write, and sometimes hard to use efficiently. They are everywhere. There are rubrics all over the internet, plus tools to create them, and as educators, that can be overwhelming. Rubrics are driven by reforms, from standards-based grading to assessment for learning. With so many competing… Continue reading How to Create the Most Effective Rubric
Differentiation is not a recipe for teaching. It’s not an instructional strategy. It’s not what a teacher does when they have the time. It has to be a way of thinking about teaching and learning. A philosophy. Think about it as a set of beliefs. Students who are the same age can still be at different… Continue reading Best Teaching Practices for Standards-Based Learning
Although increasing numbers of students with disabilities are included in general education classrooms for greater portions of the day, little guidance or direction has come from the field of special education to help address the challenge of grading students in both the classroom and inclusive settings. The shift to standards-based grading and reporting has made… Continue reading Standards-Based Grading in the World of Special Education
Teachers are asked to implement something new each week, while still being responsible for preparing meaningful lessons, grading work, and maintaining order in the classroom. It’s time to search for a new approach if the grading system you’re currently using doesn’t pave a pathway of excellence for your students. And even though the thought of changing… Continue reading Why Choose a Standards-Based Grading Approach?