Pull Back the Curtain - That's What Teaching Is!
It's OK to let students know what you expect of them.
03/26/2023 07:24 PM - Comment(s)
I Miss SmartScore

After relying on SmartScore for five years, I find myself missing it now. With SmartScore, I could accurately describe a student's performance and provide valuable feedback during conversations with parents and students. I could easily identify missing assignments, pinpoint areas where students need...

03/18/2023 01:24 PM - Comment(s)
If the "Real World" Behaved Like a Traditional Classroom

DMV agent: That was some test! Your parallel parking is great and you kept your speed under the limit. But you ran one stop sign and made an illegal left turn. I can't give you a drivers license.

Student: But I really need my license! Without it, I can't drive to my after-school job.

DMV agent: OK, te...

03/09/2023 08:14 AM - Comment(s)
How SmartScore Minimized Learning Loss During the Pandemic

Almost all states, understandably, experienced learning loss during the pandemic. It turns out that it does matter if kids are in school on-site! However, by having a strong proficiency-based system in place, the learning loss can be minimized. Ashland Middle School had already developed and used hi...

03/03/2023 06:54 AM - Comment(s)
Monday Myths #3 Proficiency Scoring Leads to More Missed Work
Data show it’s the opposite…. One persistent myth around proficiency-based scoring and reporting (PBSR) is that without points to “motivate” students (we’ll debunk that myth in a future post), they simply won’t turn in assignments...
02/20/2023 03:10 AM - Comment(s)