Grades Should Reflect Mastery

by Ryan McLane, Education Week, 6/5/13 I am the principal in a grades 7-8 school…. My teachers and I are discussing grading practices, standards-based grading, and everything in between.… The first thing we attempted to clarify was what exactly is a grade? If I were to look in my grade book and see that Johnny […]
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Bad Idea: Limiting “A’s”

By Ariel Kaminer, The New York Times, 8/7/14 [Michael’s Note: Though this article deals with the college level, it raises questions about the purposes of grading at any level.] Princeton University may soon end the policy that limited the number of students who received A’s for their course marks, an approach designed to thwart grade […]
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8 Things Skilled Teachers Think, Say, & Do

By Larry Ferlazzo, Educational Leadership, October 2012 What Skilled Teachers Can Think 1. Authoritative beats authoritarian. Being authoritarian means wielding power unilaterally to control someone, demanding obedience without any explanation for why one’s orders are important. Being authoritative, on the other hand, means demonstrating control, but doing so relationally through listening and explaining…. Do you want […]
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Rise of the New Groupthink

Commentary by Susan Cain, The New York Times, 1/13/12 Solitude is out of fashion. Our companies, our schools and our culture are in thrall to an idea I call the New Groupthink, which holds that creativity and achievement come from an oddly gregarious place. Most of us now work in teams, in offices without walls, for managers […]
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The Limitations of Laptops

Psychological Science Journal, 4/24/14; Lisa Rivero, Psychology Today, 4/30/14   New research on the effects of “secondhand multitasking” and taking notes by hand. One of the modern challenges for classroom teachers is how to deal with student use of tablets and laptops in the classroom. Some instructors, at one end of the spectrum, ban the use of […]
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“Mindset” Author Carol Dweck on Student Motivation

from the website EducationWorld [Carol Dweck is a psychology professor at Stanford and best known for her pioneering book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. She is a leading researcher in the field of motivation.] Education World: Some students are mastery-oriented–they readily seek challenges and pour effort into them. Have you found any direct relation […]
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For Better Grades, Try Bach in the Background

by Tom Jacobs, Pacific Standard Magazine, 1/2/12  Research: Students learned more when a videotaped lecture was underscored with classical music. As every teacher knows, it is one thing to impart information; it’s quite another for students to process it. New research suggests educators can help this to occur by turning to some old friends: Beethoven, […]
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