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PARCC, Common Core, and Your Students

An Intro to the Great Education Debate… It’s not news that Common Core and the implementation of the PARCC assessments are dominating headlines in education and beyond. The recent adoption of Common Core Assessments in 46 states across the country, and the implementation of PARCC assessments, have ignited a fiery debate about the value of…

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…

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…

Teachers, the Education Technology Industry Needs Your Help

In March, EdSurge published an article about their experience at the SXSW conference in Texas. Educational technology (edtech) entrepreneurs came from far and wide to discuss the latest in edtech, but if you check the advisory board, only a handful identify themselves as K-12 educators. The SXSW competition for new companies, LAUNCHedu, was geared toward…

We Asked Students, ‘What Makes a Good Teacher?’ Here’s What They Said

As our student engagement month comes to a close, we asked students what they thought made a good teacher. The answers we got confirmed what we thought: a good teacher is enthusiastic, passionate, and able to connect with different types of students. Here are some more thoughts students had on teachers and school: Who is…

Daniel Pink and the Truth About What Motivates Students

For those of you who haven’t read Daniel Pink’s Drive, it’s an eye-opener that debunks the belief that the best way to motivate ourselves is through external rewards like money (or straight As, in our case). Rather, the secret to true, sustained motivation and satisfaction is a internal human need to control their own lives,…

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…