6 Ways to Promote Authentic Reflection

Katelynn GiordanoBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Mastery Done Better, Personalize Student Learning Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: The vitality of authentic, real reflection in our classroom. 6 ways to ensure your students’ reflection is authentic. Reflection is a vital part of the learning process. When we encourage our students to look back on their growth and reflect, we are inviting them to see clearly the progress they have made. We are helping develop their metacognition and … Read More

Preparing Students for Life: How Retakes Help Instead of Hurt

Katelynn GiordanoBlog, Differentiate Better, Grade Better, Lesson Plan Better

In This Post: A common argument against retaking assessments, and why it doesn’t quite work. The benefits of allowing retakes in your classroom. “You can’t do retakes, they won’t have redos in the real world.” This is one of the most common arguments I hear about allowing for reassessment in our classrooms. And honestly, I don’t think it’s valid. At … Read More

Accountability in Retaking Assessments

Rae HughartBlog, Differentiate Better, Grade Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Mastery Done Better, Personalize Student Learning Better

TL;DR: The importance and necessity of offering retakes. Tips to increase accountability in your students through your retake process. Why not offering retakes is diminishing the value of your content and your teaching. I have been there. Running down the hall to catch a student to remind them for the 12th time that day they need to meet with me during … Read More

Using Backwards Design to Create Assessments

Chad OstrowskiBlog, Differentiate Better, Grade Better, Lesson Plan Better

In This Post: Aligned assessments are vital to accurately measuring student understanding. Four steps to create assessments that are aligned to your objectives. As an educator, assessment design can be a pain. Many times, we are tempted to find an assessment from available curriculum resources or grab questions from the “back of the chapter” and call it a day. However, … Read More