Blog by Katherine Holden

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)
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)
The Problem with Traditional Rubrics
What makes for a high quality rubric.
01/16/2023 02:47 PM - Comment(s)
Are You Selecting Talent or Developing Talent?

The work that has challenged me the most and is now going into its 10th year at Ashland Middle School, is the proficiency-based overhaul that took AMS from a traditional school, using letter grades, based on points and percentages - to a growth mindset place of REAL learning. I want to share a quote...

11/19/2022 06:57 PM - Comment(s)