What you don’t give grades?
In a recent #satchat (Saturday mornings 7:30 ET/PT) I mentioned how I assess my students though informal assessments and observation. This took a few people by surprise. My school is a non-graded independent school for students with learning disabilities. The students do not receive report cards, rather parents receive reports directly outlining the skills being worked on and how the student is doing with them. Homework and classwork are not graded, but rather reviewed and addressed for mistakes that are observed. Students are less pressured, parents are better informed, and teachers can plan and differentiate according to student needs.
Why do I mention Teacher Assessment?
As educators, how are we assessed? Are we given a paper and pencil task to prove what we know? Do plan books demonstrate our competency? No, we are observed in real time doing what we do and many decisions are…
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