A Better Progress Report: Using Google Forms to communicate learning

The purpose of a report cards is to explain progress to students and their parents. However, they do little to communicate learning. As a teacher I've found them limiting in what it is I'd like to share. As a parent, I find them confusing. The report card is efficient. I can fill them out for … Continue reading A Better Progress Report: Using Google Forms to communicate learning

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A Note to Start the Year

The start of a new school year arouses many feelings. Anxiety, excitement, curiosity, nostalgia, to name a few. The start of a new school year also signifies a milestone in the life of the child: a new grade level, new students, and new curriculum. There are so many new experiences to anticipate, which can be … Continue reading A Note to Start the Year

Rethinking Assessment

I had a conversation with a math teacher at my school. I asked her if she allowed her learners to use notes or tools on her tests. She said, “Absolutely not.” I asked why. She said if they learned the material they shouldn’t need notes. I asked if memorization or application demonstrated learning. She said […]

A parent/teacher’s guide to an IEP

As a parent of two boys on the Autism Spectrum and a high school teacher, I have the pleasure of sitting on both sides of the table in numerous Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings. Some have been productive while others were frustrating and unbearable. Despite my perspective of the outcome, it is the child who … Continue reading A parent/teacher’s guide to an IEP