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The curse of the standardized test

I’m not enjoying teaching as much as I once did. Don’t get me wrong, I still love working with young people. I still think my job is valuable and important. Unfortunately, the testing mandate has arrived in my classroom. My students must pass a Biology End-of-Course (EOC) Exam to graduate from high school in Washington […]

Make time for… Getting Socratic

“I cannot teach anyone anything; I can only make them think.” ~ Socrates Watch out! I’m ’bout to get all Socratic up in this classroom! One of my goals for this school year is to improve and expand my use of questions. I mean this in the broadest possible context. I want to ask more […]

Make time for instructional agility

Last week I gave a quiz about natural selection and the results were not good. The mean grade for the quiz was a D/ D+. At that point, I had a couple of options, right? I could have moved on and said, “oh well. No time to reteach that concept. State test is coming whether […]

Group Quiz Results!

Backstory: I read a blog post about 2-stage quizzes and wanted to work them in in my standards-based grading system I posted about the idea and asked for help I got helpful responses to my question! So, here’s what went down… My students took this quiz individually, for a grade: Then they took it as […]

Group quiz question follow-up

Here is where edu-blogging +Twitter really shines, folks. To bring you all up to speed, here is a brief summary of events: 1. I read a post by Joss Ives about 2-stage quizzes (stage 1= solo, stage 2=group) 2. I said, “cool idea, how can I make that work with standards-based grading?” and made a blog post […]

Working group assessments in with #SBG

Yesterday, I read a few posts from physics professor Joss Ives at his blog, Science Learnification. One of the posts that really got me thinking was about weekly two-stage quizzes in his physics classes. A two-stage group exam is form of assessment where students learn as part of the assessment. The idea is that the students write […]

I was spoiled

There is no other way to slice it. For the last seven years, I taught in a school that gave me near-complete freedom to teach what and how I wanted to. With the National Science Education Standards and the Washington State Standards as rough guideposts, I focused on big ideas and my students investigated them […]