Agree with the problem, and totally disagree with the solution - the solution, for me, has been STORYTELLING... students love to tell stories, I love to read them, and it gives us an opportunity to work - to REALLY work - on their writing, which students desperately need, far more than they need more tests. UGH for tests! HURRAY for stories!
More about how writing works in my classes:
http://oudigitools.blogspot.com/2013/11/web-based-projects-and-pacing-semester.html
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