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A Standards-Based Learning Chat with @WHSRowe

At our pizza party last month, we had the pleasure of meeting teacher named Rik Rowe who has taken standards-based grading, teaching, and learning and has run with it. Mr. Rowe teaches high school math here in Massachusetts and was kind enough to share his standards-based practices with us. He co-moderates an #SBLchat (formerly #SBGchat)…

Re: Report Cards in Lunch

A school district in rural New York state has taken feedback to another level, in the cafeteria. At the K-12 school district, “27 parents received weekly emails describing what their children selected at the school cafeteria.” Wait, what? Yes, report cards on lunch. Bear with me, because these reports are actually helping students make healthier…

Common Core: An Intro from Gradeable

Hope everyone’s ready for some Common Core talk because this week is all about THE CORE. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are learning standards adopted by 40+ states that sets the bar for where students should be at each grade level.  Right now, the Common Core measures mastery of math and reading by taking…

Friday Bulletin Board: The Exit Ticket Edition

This week’s bulletin board is brought to you by exit ticket enthusiasm. I’ve scoured the web for the best posts on our favorite formative assessments. Most of these take you through the what, why, how, and when of exit tickets so I’ve highlighted the best parts of them. Start with the exit ticket Teach What’s…

Exit Tickets: What They Are and Why You Should Use Them

One of the biggest issues teachers have is understanding if their student’s get it or not. And one of the best ways to assess this is with a simple quiz, or exit tickets, at the end of each class. Before the bell rings at the end of class, students answer a prompt that can range from…

The Testing Effect

A few weeks ago, Parul, our superhero CEO, sent over this research article about something called the testing effect. She explained that the implications of the testing effect is one of the reasons Gradeable exists. In essence, the testing effect is the scientific explanation of how the more you test, the better your students will…

Friday Bulletin Board

Gradeable at MassCUE On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, Parul and Katie went down to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro to participate in this year’s technology conference. At the home of the New England Patriots, Gradeable joined 1,500 educators who loved technology. The event was sponsored by Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE) and the Massachusetts…

Big Data Part 1: What is Big Data Anyway? The Educator’s Explanation

Big data, not just another word on the buzzword bingo card, is the collection and analysis of data points. It’s like “Moneyball,” the story of how the Oakland A’s analyzed player statistics and made evidence-based decisions, or big data, to put together a winning baseball team. In Part 1 of 3, we’ll discuss what big…