Raising Questions and Finding Answers in Our Grading Practices DVD
In his Raising Questions and Finding Answers in Our Grading Practices breakout session (from the 9 July 2009, Professional Learning Communities at Work™ Institute in Denver, Colorado), Tim Brown refers to grading as “one of the most controversial topics in our schools.” A grade represents a lot more than just the student’s grasp of the material; it also represents achievement of a standard, general aptitude, effort, improvement, compliance, attitude and participation. Brown argues that teachers in general haven’t taken the time to reflect on their grading practices, and that teachers who are too busy to reflect and attempt other options will ultimately contribute to the failure of some students.
There are alternatives to simply averaging scores to determine grades, and alternatives to giving students zeroes for late or incomplete work. Brown provides some different methods and ideas for these common issues. He also arms teachers with five steps to get started reflecting and changing grading practices to be more effective. When teachers use grading practices that don’t make sense, they contribute to student failure. Actually carrying out such reflection and change won’t be easy, but Brown says that “it’s a journey that’s worth it because it matters” to the future of students.
This package includes a, 86-minute DVD with the presenter’s session, a CD with the presenter’s slide presentation, an excerpt from the book The Teacher as Assessment Leader, and more.
|Publish date||2012-12-13 00:00:00|