Grading your grading system

After seeing quite a lot of twitter chatter about controversies of grading systems, I became curious to get more insight.  Knowing that Thomas Guskey is known for work related to this field, I decided to read his 2015 book:  "On Your Mark: Challenging the Conventions of Grading and Reporting". The first line of the book's introduction is:  "You … Continue reading Grading your grading system


The Four Phases of the GIR Coaching Model

  Common professional development generally result in implementation of new strategies 15% of the time. However, if training is followed with on-going instructional coaching, implementation rates rise to as much as 85% (Cornett and Knight, 2009). We can all identify reasons why traditional "sit and get" PD doesn't result in long-term change. One common criticism is that … Continue reading The Four Phases of the GIR Coaching Model

Do your students know how to learn?

Being in control of one's learning requires learning how to learn. This "thinking about thinking" is sometimes referred to as metacognition. Students who do this successfully tend to have a good grasp of what they know and don't know, and they can plan and regulate their actions accordingly.  These students can also thoughtfully select from developed … Continue reading Do your students know how to learn?

Professional Development, Teacher Change, and the Missing Leadership Link

  While professional development is designed to improve teaching and learning, its ultimate goal is to result in improvement in student learning. However, not all types of professional development yields teacher change and very few can be linked to student outcomes. Whitworth and Chiu (2015) have six suggestions for effective professional development: Characteristics of Effective Professional … Continue reading Professional Development, Teacher Change, and the Missing Leadership Link

Teachers as Learners

Professional development can have potential for effective change. Unfortunately, too often the focus of professional development becomes more for credit counting rather than actual learning. Beavers(2009) explains that teachers are often disappointed with the format of the professional development due to poor teaching styles from the presenters and also that the learning subjects seem disconnected from their … Continue reading Teachers as Learners

Thinking about the Purposes of Education

If you've never read a book or watched a youtube video by Sir Ken Robinson, I highly recommend it.  As a teacher, I have always found his vision and message to be inspiring.  (Snippets or video clips would  most likely encourage great conversation in PLC, faculty, department, or back to school meetings.) Here are two very popular … Continue reading Thinking about the Purposes of Education