Category Archives: classroom culture

Thinking about oral exams

The best assessment I ever gave was an oral exam. It was a small AP Art History class, and I needed to come up with a creative solution to the fact that our assigned 3-hour final slot was after the … Continue reading

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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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Standards-Based Grading, Pt. 3: What to do about homework

One of the aspects of standards-based grading that seems to engender the most resistance from teachers is the idea of not grading homework. I get both sides of this debate, and, honestly, I’m splitting the difference, at least for now. … Continue reading

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What’s in a classroom?

I had the chance last week to visit the Stanford School of Design.  It is an institution that is much about innovative spaces, and it was fun to walk through them.  I loved the modularity of everything, the odd shapes … Continue reading

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