How to Assign Homework without Wasting Everybody’s time

Answer the question "Why does my child have to do this homework?"

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If you ever assign homework, you have likely dealt with the “Why does my child have to do this homework?” question from parents. In my experience, these complaints are often from parents who have different expectations about learning and the role of home and school than you do. Furthermore, parents now question teachers about homework […]

4 Key Factors for Fantastic Formative Assessment

Practical Advice from Research to Classroom

Too many times the research is completely disconnected from the classroom. But in today’s show, we talk about some very practical issues for teachers. First of all, we talk about the characteristics that make effective formative assessment. This includes some important tips for adjusting your instruction based upon formative assessment. Secondly, we also discussed standards […]

Top Tips for Fast Formative Assessment that Works

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You’re teaching your heart out. All of a sudden, you look in their eyes and wonder if they understand. But in due time, you decide enough of them know the material and it is time for a test. After they take the test, you start grading. In a moment, you realize that while one or […]

Free Masterclass: 15 Best G Suite Tools for Schools

Note: G Suite is the new name for Google Drive

15 best tools for Gsuite Users

If you only used 15 tools in Google Docs and Apps, what would they be? Don’t be overwhelmed with all the choices.  I can help. In this free masterclass, which you can access here… I’m going to share my 15 Best G suite tools for Schools and how to use them in the classroom. Join me on […]

Top Tips, Tools and Techniques for Easy Formative Assessment

a Talk with Tony Vincent

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A secret to great teaching is to understand what students know. I’ve had times when one or two students begged me to move on because what I was teaching was “so easy” or they were “bored. When I did, I would discover that the rest of the class did not master the material and I […]

What Makes a Good Assessment?

Assessment strategies that show what students have REALLY learned

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Assessments should cover what is taught and address important learning goals. Thomas Guskey reflects today on what makes a good assessment. He also shares the four kinds of data that are most valuable to teachers in year-end assessment. This is a must listen for any educator working with assessment. Thomas shares the problems with many […]

Lower Test Anxiety and Improve Retention with These Strategies

Todd Finley shares research and best-practice from his classroom

Lower Test Anxiety and Improve Retention with These Strategies

Learn about the newest innovations in testing and assessment. You can improve retention and lower anxiety. Try these simple strategies from Todd Finley. 2 Power Assessment Tips: Learn about how Todd combines social-emotional learning with formative assessment. Plus, he has powerful year-end strategies that reduce test anxiety. Thank You Fresh Grade, Today’s Sponsor What You’ll Hear […]

36 Edtech Tools I’m Using Right Now in My Classroom and Life

and a Link to a Free Resource with More Tips

36 edtech tools I'm using in my classroom and life right now

So many of these tools are essential to me. It is amazing how I use them every single day. Here’s what I’m using all the time in my classroom (and life) right now. Some even hum along and do their job and I didn’t do a thing but set them up. 36 Tools I’m Using […]

All Project-Based Learning is Not Created Equal: What Works?

Best Practices in Project-Based Learning with Suzie Boss

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Project-based learning (PBL) works, but not all project-based learning is alike. PBL Expert Suzie Boss takes us into assessment, project design, and teacher PD for more effective, meaningful projects that improve learning. Project-based learning should not be memorization and regurgitation. It shouldn’t be something you can Google with a simple answer. It should require deep digging, application, creativity […]

Fair Grades, Dropping Grades, Grading Versus Knowledge

Advice From a Student Assessment Researcher About What is Fair and Unfair in Today's Grading Systems

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With almost 9,000 downloads and counting, this show is the most popular episode on Every Classroom Matters in 2016 so far. Dr. Thomas Guskey shares the current research on “fair” grading and what teachers should be doing instead. This show came from the “averaging grades” graphic (shown at the bottom) that he posted on Twitter […]