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Five Questions About Feedback

Five Questions About Feedback | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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Important questions to consider when reflecting on feedback in our assessment practices.
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Using Assessments Thoughtfully:The Case for Confidence

Using Assessments Thoughtfully:The Case for Confidence | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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Tom Schimmer explores the relationship between assessment and confidence. 

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It’s Time to Stop Averaging Grades

It’s Time to Stop Averaging Grades | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
You’ve always averaged grades. Your teachers averaged grades when you were in school and it worked fine. It works fine for your students. Does it?
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Although this has US context, still an important conversation about averages and why we need to reconsider how we report out assessment.
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Are Grades Utterly Useless?

Are Grades Utterly Useless? | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
One of my all-time favorite assertions about grading in schools comes from Grant Wiggins. He writes: "The most ubiquitous form of evaluation, grading, is so much a part of the school landscape tha...
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ANIE - Assessment of Numeracy in Education

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Assessment tool we are currently exploring.  

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Why Share Learning Intentions with Students?

Based on a close reading of Chapter 3 of Dylan Wiliam's book Embedded Formative Assessment (2011) The research evidence for the benefits of sharing learning intentions and success criteria is power...
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Assessments Must Build Efficacy

Assessments Must Build Efficacy | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Great insights and examples of how effective assessment strategies can build confidence and motivate.
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Rick Wormeli: Gradebooks - YouTube

How do you represent the evidence of students' learning in the differentiated classroom? Rick Wormeli, author of Fair Isn't Always Equal and Differentiation:...
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A good first step to move to a standards-based grading approach. Assessing outcomes rather than assignments.

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A good video that supports assessing on performance standards rather than completion of assignments.

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Grades Do More Harm Than Good

Grades Do More Harm Than Good | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
As those report cards come home in the coming weeks, ask yourself and your child, what do these grades tell us about your learning?
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More food for thought on the concerns with grading...
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Maple Ridge News - Maple Ridge schools say goodbye to A, B & D

Maple Ridge News  - Maple Ridge schools say goodbye to A, B & D | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Elementary teachers in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows can now choose a new grading system
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Love the focus on communication and student learning.
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Improving Communication without Letter Grades

Improving Communication without Letter Grades | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
I have written before about letter grades and how our school is moving away from them. This year our entire intermediate team has chosen to be part of the ongoing pilot started by Carol Barton. T...
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