Monthly Archives: April 2017

Why doesn’t she just do the work?

The student who doesn’t understand why she didn’t get an A on a test she thinks she studied well for is not that different from the student who doesn’t understand mercantilism–we just forget, sometimes, that we need to teach that, too. Continue reading

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Assessing student discussions

A couple of years ago, a thoughtful colleague challenged our faculty to think more systematically about how we assess class discussions. (Thanks, Jeff!) I’ve been puzzling over it ever since, and this is where I’ve gotten so far. For most … Continue reading

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Standards-based grading, pt. 5: the words we use matter

As we introduce a standards-based system, we have an opportunity to change the mental language our school uses for grades. One of the most important differences between a standards-based approach and traditional letter grades is that we are naming the … Continue reading

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