Mapping the Past, Mapping the Future

This past week has been filled with opportunities to explore and put into practice varying aspects of curriculum design. Last Wednesday, I met with the “Professional Development & Curriculum Supervisor” at a local district office. The first order of business was attending a weekly meeting of the members of the district’s student learning group, including […]

Punished by Rewards: A Review

Book Review: Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes by Alfie Kohn (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1993)  Twenty years later, Alfi Kohn’s controversial book Punished by Rewards is, well, still controversial. At the crux of Kohn’s argument is a decidedly anti-behaviorist sentiment that begins with John Watson then […]

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, […]