Grading and Assessment - It's Not Rocket Science

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Grading and Assessment

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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The Secondary Classroom Procedure You Can’t Live Without

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

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Exam Review: The Woes and the Wins

Midterm and Final Exam review…this could potentially be one of the worst parts about being a secondary teacher.  This pressure is especially amplified if your exam is a state standardized End of Course exam.  Your principal is sending you “encouraging” emails but they actually come out more job- and life-threatening. 

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