Monthly Archives: March 2014

A Rap on Formative Assessments and Feedback

  Hey I’m here to talk about the formative assessment. Have you heard about this worthwhile investment? Formative assessments are informal checks along the way. Teachers use them to make sure students don’t stray. According to John Hattie, feedback drives student achievement. They are actionable steps that students say are heaven-sent! Some people confuse feedback…

Pi Day Bulletin Board

Oh March 14, how we love you. Not only is spring a week away, but you also represent arguably the most important irrational number in our lives, on the calendar. With pi, we can calculate circumference of a circle, graph sinusoidal functions, and even calculate the electric field between two electric charges! Today is the…

Leadership in Educational Technologies and Data with Vinny Cho

Professor Vinny Cho studies leadership practices and technologies that support data use in education. As an assistant professor at Boston College, his aim is to help educators make the most out of their information on students. Since Gradeable’s aim is to make information on student learning more accessible and useful for educators, I interviewed Dr.…

Beyond the Red Pen: Meet Kevin, High School Science

Meet today’s grading expert, Kevin. He teaches several different types of science in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read on to find out how he uses Pandora, timers, class points to increase engagement and achievement! What is your current location? I teach at the LIFT Academy, an alternative school that is a part of West Charlotte High…

ProTip Wednesday: 10 Tips on Using Data for New Teachers

Being a new teacher is never easy when you have classroom management and routine to strengthen— use these tips to start slowly using data in your classroom. Knowing is half the battle; back it up with data! But don’t take our word for it—listen to Gradeable users and education experts on how they use data…

Highlights from the Third Gradeable Social

Our third Gradeable Social featuring an assessment debate was a success. Our three panelists (Alexis Rosenblatt of ANET, Jennifer Spencer of Match Charter High School, and Jonathan Ketchell of Hstry) fielded questions all about high-stakes, low-stakes, and alternative assessments. For video of the debate, check out our YouTube playlist. Meanwhile, here are some highlights: Q: Some…

Friday Bulletin Board

The new SAT The College Board announced major changes to the SAT, and most notably, changes to the writing portion. Some of the most prominent changes: The writing test will be optional. Currently, even though many colleges ignore writing test scores, all students must take the writing portion of the test. Vocabulary words will eliminate “sometimes…

Harvard’s Askwith Forum on Common Core Implementation

At @hgse listening to my former boss @JohnKingNYSED and DESE Comm. Mitchell Chester speak about #CCSS implementation pic.twitter.com/jr2ZUtfhDo — Sheri Ann Cheng (@sheriann13) March 3, 2014 On Monday night, Sheri attended an Askwith forum at Harvard Graduate School of Education with guests John King Jr. and Mitchell Chester, commissioners of education in New York and…

Beyond the Red Pen: Joel, Middle School Math

Introducing our newest blog feature, Beyond the Red Pen. Every Thursday, we’ll showcase awesome teachers, doing amazing things— and most importantly, their grading secrets so we can grow from each other. This is an effort to demystify teacher lifestyle and to pull us teachers out of silos and share trade tips and tricks! Meet Joel,…