Monthly Archives: January 2014

Photos from the Second Gradeable Social

Welcome to the Second Gradeable Social

Welcome to the Second Gradeable Social

Parul "If Grading Papers is Your Problem, Drinking Wine is the Solution" Singh

Parul “If Grading Papers is Your Problem, Drinking Wine is the Solution” Singh

Can you tell Renee belongs on the Gradeable team?

Can you tell Renee belongs on the Gradeable team?

Teachers get their Learning Network on.

Teachers get their Personal Learning Network on.

Teacher Evangelist Kattie kicks off the demonstrations.

Teacher Evangelist Kattie kicks off the demonstrations.

Mikaila and Bon bring it in close

Mikaila and Bon bring it in close.

Sheri keeps the Apples in check.

Sheri keeps the Apples in check.

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ProTip Wednesday: 6 Steps to SBG with Gradeable

Overview: 6 steps to SBG with Gradeable Why I SBG-ed Gradeable vs. Excel Closer look into Excel Tracker How to standards-based grade (SBG) with Gradeable So the Excel-perts say they have a system – and yes, it’s a pretty jazzy system. But for those of us (ie. first year teacher me) who couldn’t trudge around…

Friday Bulletin Board

Three principals fired in cheating probe Crazy story from Philly about the pressures of standardized testing. Three Philadelphia principals were fired this week in connection to a cheating scandal involving about 140 other teachers and administrators. This is the result of an investigation of standardized math and english tests taken between 2009 and 2011. Pennsylvania…

Re: Common Core Standards Could Knock Letter Grades Off Report Cards

In December, NPR put on a podcast talking about Common Core and the shift toward standards-based grading in the US. For states and districts who have adopted the Common Core, standards-based grading is another way to streamline their efforts. This podcast puts the Common Core into context by introducing it as a set of guidelines that educators…

Standards-Based Grading: Beyond the Common Core

For most of the month, we’ve been talking about standards-based grading in terms of the Common Core’s set of standards. But the Common Core State Standards are only one set of standards to be graded to. To illustrate another take on standards-based grading, I talked to our customer success manager Sheri. Sheri taught science at…

Friday Bulletin Board

Obama spotlights needs of young adult learners President Obama is making a point to support adult learners who lack the skills demanded by our workforce today. The president and First Lady are hosting a summit to address the needs of this community that has been overlooked even in today’s whirlwind of educational technology. Among the…

Re: The Importance of Low-Stakes Student Feedback

Sometimes we read articles and want to high-five the internet for articulating exactly how we feel. A couple weeks ago, Katrina Schwartz wrote an article on the importance of low-stakes student feedback, or formative assessments. We love formative assessments because it creates a culture of learning, engagement, and responsibility in the classroom. “This type of…