I’m aware of the hyperbole in the title. The world is a big place. The world is…THE WORLD. When I started writing this piece, I considered toning it done to, I want to change learning, one proficiency sequence at a time. I contemplated, I want to change education, one proficiency sequence at a time. I … Continue reading I want to change the world, one proficiency sequence at a time
***Updated with a video link at the bottom*** Since I began working with my Secondary Assessment Learning Team (SALT) at my school, I've attempted to tackle numerous projects, but none has been more significant and problematic than my grade book. Since going officially gradeless (feedback only with students, no levels, no points, no scores, no … Continue reading What story does your grade book tell?
For the first week of school, a young man (Let’s call him Brad) hid in his hoodie in my Humanities 8 room. He refused to do any work. I pulled him out, one day, and questioned him in an authoritarian manner. It's the beginning of the school year and I needed to show him I … Continue reading Syncing Maslow with Bloom
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…
As you have all already figured, I really like standing up on my soap box, preaching about all the positive aspects of growth mindset and going gradeless. But, my favourite part about being on this journey isn't just raving about it, it's working on it with my teacher candidate and my colleagues. The last week … Continue reading Why collaboration is so important when you’re gradeless
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 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'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