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Grading and Assessment

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Alternative Final Exams for High School Science

The last few years in the world of education have brought us MANY challenges – one of those challenges being finding ways to AUTHENTICALLY assess students – especially virtually. This especially can be a challenge if you are brainstorming doing some type of alternative final exams with your high school science students.

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Project-Based Learning in High School Science

Several years ago my district encouraged us to really start moving towards project-based learning in high school science especially – but really in every department at my school. At first, it just felt like ANOTHER new initiative being forced on us, if I am honest. But the more I studied

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Why I Don’t Assign Homework in High School

When I think back to my own high school experience, I think of late nights. Getting home from a 3-hour dance class or play practice only to find me up well past midnight to finish all of my homework afterward. And most of the time – I was just doing

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Allowing Students to Re-Take Tests

I’ve mentioned before that I have a few “series” I want to start writing to on this blog periodically.  One of the ones I am excited about is “Teaching Controversy.” Especially as a secondary teacher, there are so many things that teachers debate over and I want to share from

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Grading Policy for Secondary Teachers

A lot of us teach in schools where the grading policy is set and there can be no changes to it.  This was refreshing for me when I was a first-year teacher.  It was one less decision I had to make for my classroom and I was grateful.  When my

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