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Thoughts on the Gradebook: Mastery Grading
I have to admit that grading is one of my least favorite things to do. It is often impersonal and doesn't move learning forward. There are infrequent opportunities for students to improve their work at the secondary level. A few years ago I started making s...

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Thoughts While Running: Grades and the Gradebook
I've been troubled for some time by the way we secondary teachers traditionally "do" grades. We typically have categories such as tests/quizzes, projects, homework, essays, etc. Sometimes those categories have varying weights so maybe tests/quizzes is worth...

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Extreme Writing in Secondary Social Studies
Yesterday I read "The Power of Extreme Writing: How do I help my students become eager and fluent writers?" by Diana Cruchley. Two thoughts stuck with me. The first was that I did a variation of Extreme Writing with my fifth and sixth graders when I first s...

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Lessons from the Hill: 3 Tips for Getting Involved
Last week I had the privilege of attending the National Council
for the Social Studies Summer Leadership Institute in Washington DC. Two
educators represented the California Council for the Social Studies at the
Institute. During the course of the Institute...
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