Lesson Planning

A Future of Making

Last week was the Week of Making, an annual celebration of the Maker Movement and its impact on education.  Most notably, the White House Maker Faire kicked off with hundreds of amazing submissions. Check out their blog. To celebrate and learn from students and educators in the Maker Movement, I decided to bring my entire core…

6 Great Resources for (Digital) Organization in your Classroom

INTRODUCTION: Recently, teachers have been reaching out to Gradeable with a specific problem: they are feeling overwhelmed with the sheer number of ideas and innovations that are suggested to them for use in their classrooms. With this sentiment in mind, I wanted to compile some resources for managing information by pointing you to some fellow…

Introducing Gradeable Projects

Manage and Grade Projects through Gradeable’s Brand New Project-Based Learning Tool We were not satisfied with just making your grading go faster.  We weren’t even satisfied with giving teachers invaluable insights into your students’ thinking.  We wanted to give teachers more options to understand and engage students, and to that end, we are happy to…

ProTip Wednesday: 6 Steps to be Productive in Summer Reflection

We now know that feedback is incredibly important to students’ growth, but that same feedback is also extremely beneficial for us—the teachers— to grow as well. Because isn’t teaching also always growing and changing? But it’s hard to start looking back because we were so ready to look forward come June 1st. Here are 6…

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

#GradeableSocial coming up Mark your calendars, folks. On Wednesday, January 29, we’ll be hosting another #GradeableSocial. This time around, we’re gearing it as a real-life Personal Learning Network with standards-based grading practices as the topic. It’s going to be an opportunity for educators to share their ideas with other educators without having to type #PLN. For…

Say Goodbye to Excel; Say Hello to Common Core Tagging

Time to part with the spreadsheets because WE’VE GOT COMMON CORE TAGGING! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0245xP_HVk&w=560&h=315] For those of you who feel like you have a part-time job entering data, Common Core tagging with Gradeable is another solution to all the manual labor. We’re taking out the tedious part of quizzing so you can focus on teaching. Our…

Friday Bulletin Board: The Post Pizza Party Edition

So last night was our pizza party. It was the first real event that we Gradeable girls put on together and we had an inordinate amount of fun coordinating logistics, reaching out to teachers, moving furniture, and everything in between. In addition, we met some great teachers to remind us why Gradeable exists in the…

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…