Standard 5 Meta-reflection: Assessment [EDU 6613 Standards-based Assessment]

Standard 5 Assessment Assesses students’ mastery of curriculum and modifies instruction to maximize learning.  Beginning at the End When I initially went through the process of putting to paper a plan for my two-year Curriculum and Instruction program at Seattle Pacific University (SPU), I was cognizant of the order that I would take classes in. […]

Grading Philosophy

One of the reasons that I enjoy teaching middle school is that I have always felt that grading, specifically communicating achievement through report cards, are not the “high stakes” exercise that it is in high school; I have felt somewhat immune to the potential firestorms of “grades gone bad” of high school. Even Chappuis, Stiggins, […]

New Ways of Thinking About Achievement and Grading

I feel as if the ground has shifted beneath my feet. As I read through chapters two and three of O’Connor’s How to Grade for Learning, K-12, I was hit with an epiphany; I had been using grades to punish and/or reward my students, not to communicate their achievement of process and product goals in […]