The Report Card Dilemma

You’ve embraced a gradeless mindset. Your students are showing progress. It was a struggle at first, but you persevered in your communication of student learning to parents and they now appreciate that your focus has been on learning and not grades. Wahoo! Success! But it’s June and the Ministry of Education requires a letter grade … Continue reading The Report Card Dilemma

Choreographing Communication of Student Learning

As mentioned in my Teachers Going Gradeless post, communication of student learning is vital for gradeless and standards based grading to be successful. By communication, I mean communication of pivotal learning points in a student's learning journey:where they are at now and how to get to the next level. Communication should highlight the growth and … Continue reading Choreographing Communication of Student Learning

How do I love Bloom’s Taxonomy…let me count the ways…

I love Bloom's Taxonomy. I literally have a picture on my phone, another pinned to my bulletin board by my desk, one in my marking bag, and a copy saved to the desktop of every computer I work on in the school, plus one on my H: drive and my flash drives...err...make that flash drives. … Continue reading How do I love Bloom’s Taxonomy…let me count the ways…

Teaching Special Needs students is a privilege

The dynamic of my Drama classes is a special one. I get students from all walks of life: academic, athletic, eclectic, quiet, loud, at risk, behavioral, funny, awkward, and musical. They all seem to be able to find a place to call home in a Drama class. The kid who feels unsuccessful at Math discovers … Continue reading Teaching Special Needs students is a privilege

My Drama class’s growth mindset can change your class’s growth mindset

My Drama class consists of a group of misfits all in one room with the sole goal of working together and creating a piece for an audience. It isn't a spectacular, award winning show, but it is usually funny, organized, and the kids show dedication and perseverance. Throughout this journey each semester, my students don't … Continue reading My Drama class’s growth mindset can change your class’s growth mindset

I’d like to introduce…my cups

I've had the gradeless mindset for a while, but it wasn't until my principal got behind it, this past September, that our school went gradeless in grade 7-9. Now that doesn't mean that teachers went gradeless in their classrooms. With respect to them, taking the plunge into gradeless assessment is a huge, complicated endeavor, so … Continue reading I’d like to introduce…my cups