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

If I could change grades

Should teachers use a traditional A B C D F system or a standards based 1 2 3 4 to report learning and growth to stakeholders? I say both are inadequate systems.  Traditional Grades Traditional grading provides letters to the accumulation of points students earn throughout a term. It takes into account all work, including … Continue reading If I could change grades

Thank you, Mr. Stroud

Recently, I had a disheartening conversation with a colleague. The topic was: To what degree do you enjoy working with at-risk/challenging students? His answer really shook me up. He said, "I don't." Then he changed it to, "I do when I can see that I am making an impact but not when my efforts are … Continue reading Thank you, Mr. Stroud