Assessment

Street Corner Coaching: An Overview of How To Approach Assessment in Teaching

Street Corner Coaching: An Overview of How To Approach Assessment in Teaching

Assessment can intimidate even the most seasoned educators. Teachers often express to me that they don’t feel very confident creating…
Teach FM: You Can Test for Exceptionalism or Equity, But Not Both

Teach FM: You Can Test for Exceptionalism or Equity, But Not Both

In this episode, I offer my take on the challenge of high-stakes testing. At its core, I suggest that high-stakes…
Podcast Interlude: Tips on Assessment While Walking Down 161st Street in the Bronx

Podcast Interlude: Tips on Assessment While Walking Down 161st Street in the Bronx

No intro music, no editing. Just one take, real pedagogical talk. Rough and direct commentary on how to approach assessment…
Gotta Love These Funny Test Fails

Gotta Love These Funny Test Fails

This list of hilarious wrong answers on tests says as much to me about the inadequacies of traditional assessment practices…
Why Do Boys in Rich Districts Do Better in Math Than Girls? Look at the Data.

Why Do Boys in Rich Districts Do Better in Math Than Girls? Look at the Data.

A recent data analysis of 260 million standardized test scores by researchers at Stanford University suggests that both boys and girls…
Essay or Assay: Merriam-Webster “Tries” to Explain the Difference

Essay or Assay: Merriam-Webster “Tries” to Explain the Difference

The essay is by far my favorite genre, to read and to write. A far cry from what it looks…
Observing Teachers, Minute X Minute

Observing Teachers, Minute X Minute

I observe a lot of teachers teaching. Over time, I’ve developed a tool that helps me stay focused while being…
Making Writing Assessment Better and Easier

Making Writing Assessment Better and Easier

Writing is at the heart of learning. It has been for centuries.  But when I work with teachers in different…
Howard Gardner On the Limits of Assessments

Howard Gardner On the Limits of Assessments

I loved hearing Howard Gardner describe the limits of assessments, a kind warning to parents and the public to let…
“High School Training Ground,” by Malcolm London

“High School Training Ground,” by Malcolm London

Check out this Chicago poet’s powerful commentary on the reality of high school, a training ground for the injustices all…
Poet Malachi Byrd on “Intelligence”

Poet Malachi Byrd on “Intelligence”

The young poet laces together elements of school, identity, success, and art all in under four minutes.  The poem stands…
How the Need for Education Reform Was Framed in New York State

How the Need for Education Reform Was Framed in New York State

It’s important to observe how the need for education reform is framed.  There are always loud advocates for both sides…
So, About those International Test Comparisons

So, About those International Test Comparisons

For sure, you have heard that the U.S. is way behind other industrialized nations based on international tests in literacy…
Before You Write Off the Common Core Completely, Try Taking THIS 8th Grade Exam

Before You Write Off the Common Core Completely, Try Taking THIS 8th Grade Exam

When you talk with others about education, it’s not uncommon to hear them refer to the glory days of education…
Why Education Reform Hasn’t Worked (in under 2 minutes). Go.

Why Education Reform Hasn’t Worked (in under 2 minutes). Go.

You’ve got to love it when really smart people who really know their stuff can drop knowledge on the spot.…
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