Education

Why I Do Re-Dos

When my students get a low grade on a written assignment, I allow them to revise it and resubmit it for a higher grade an unlimited amount of times before final grades are due. Why? Because I love giving up even more of my scarce free time. Well, not really. …

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Pedagogy

Assessment

My last post touched on assessment and as this topic has been overwhelming my life lately, I thought I should share a bit more of my perspective on this. Whenever I speak with other teachers about assessment, I’m reminded of an old joke: A drunk man is looking for his …

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Pedagogy

Gathering Evidence

The more I teach, the more I realize just how much overlap there is between teaching and scientific skepticism. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about assessment lately. There are many different forms of assessment and reasons for doing it, but when you really look at it, assessment is just gathering evidence. …

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Use Microsoft Excel to be More Data Driven (Part II)

This is Part 2 of a piece about visualizing assessment data, designed to help teachers see more information about an assessment than just the class average.  If you missed Part 1, stop now and go read it first.  I will assume that you have assessment data in a tidy format …

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Use Microsoft Excel to be More Data Driven (Part I)

As a teacher, one of my tasks is to assess how well students are comprehending the material I am teaching. There are many ways to assess student comprehension, but this post will focus on using Microsoft Excel to extract meaningful information from formal assessment data.  I am defining a formal …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 30 May 2013

Good morning, teachers and learners! Have you started your summer sessions yet? Are you taking a break from school for the summer? Even if you are, don’t take a break from learning and reading. In Deals With 10 Public Universities, Coursera Bids for Role in Credit Courses – The MOOC …

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PedagogyPop QuizSecondary Education

Pop Quiz: The Horror of Exam Day

It’s exam season in my school and that means that the corridors are filled with lots of panicking faces. Every year, the last week of April and the entirety of May are given over to formal exams that provide our pupils with the qualifications that will get them into universities …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 11 April 2013

Good morning teachers and learners! Here’s your Required Readings for the day. Teacher Knows If You’ve Done the e-Reading – Textbook publishers think this will sell faculty on using their expensive e-textbooks. Hmm… Parents want sex education, recess – The headline first made me think they wanted to combine these …

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