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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Grading and Assessment
The #1 complaint I hear from most secondary science teachers is how much time they spend grading and how desperately they wish they could decrease grading time. I 100% get it.
I’ve been in several different teaching situations that have required evaluations and others that did not. But for the majority of my teaching experience, some sort of midterm and final exam were required (even in courses with state EOC exams – but don’t even get me started about that.)
One of the biggest aches and pains I see in my inboxes and remember from my own time in the classroom full time is the burden of grading on high school teachers. This is a huge responsibility that differentiates our workload from that of elementary teachers – and on top
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
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
If you have been around It’s Not Rocket ScienceⓇ long, then you have heard about the secondary classroom procedure I can’t live without. That’s right – BELL RINGERS – or what I like to call “Prime TimesⓇ” because the first five minutes are the most important part of your day.
If there is anything I’ve learned over my 6+ years in the classroom, it is that our students are MORE 👏🏼 THAN 👏🏼 A 👏🏼 TEST. This is why I LOVE using nontraditional summative assessments in my classroom. I am going to get to the “how”, but first let me start off with “WHY??”
We have to have a strategy to minimize time spent grading. Whether we like it or not, as high school teachers grades are of the upmost importance, as our students’ GPAs will directly impact their futures after graduation. This can be a heavy burden for us to ensure we are
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
Do you want to know the secondary classroom procedure I can’t live without?? So often in teaching when we try something new we wonder, “Why haven’t I done this all along??” Maybe it’s a grading technique or a behavior management strategy that you’ve implemented that you look back and can’t believe