How to Value Personal Time While Providing Great Feedback

As an English teacher, teaching writing and supporting developing writers is paramount. I want to see my students write regularly and hone their skills to communicate meaningful ideas. However, every essay means time for me to read, make comments, and this usually means sacrificing hours of personal time. According to The Washington Post, the average … Continue reading How to Value Personal Time While Providing Great Feedback

Providing Feedback to Writers with Patty McGee – TG²Cast Episode 1

This episode features an interview with Patty McGee, author of the book Feedback That Moves Writers Forward.

Feedbacking Over Grading

My teacher partner Emily had a great idea for my blog: starting each blog with a question to think about. So, here is the question: what do grades mean to you?   Yes, loaded question. But this blog post is about grading less. And about going gradeless. This week, we had parent-teacher conferences. Last night, … Continue reading Feedbacking Over Grading

Now’s the Time to Put It All Together

As the school year approaches, my anxiety begins to take hold. Knowing there will be 125 or so new faces staring up at me, expecting me to inspire them keeps me awake at night. After 20 years of teaching, I would think this feeling would have diminished. But it hasn't. So I spend my waking … Continue reading Now’s the Time to Put It All Together

Edtech in the Gradeless Classroom: Google Keep

"To one with a hammer, everything looks like a nail." This adage reveals the power tools have to shape our perceptions. What does this mean for the tools we use in the classroom? If using a hammer pushes me to see nails wherever I look, how is the grade book software on my computer influencing … Continue reading Edtech in the Gradeless Classroom: Google Keep