Providing Better Feedback

Chelsea NicolinoBlog, Engage Better, Grade Better, Manage Better, Mastery Done Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Providing feedback to students is one of the most crucial aspects of our job. In this post, you will find five simple steps to incorporate effective and timely feedback to your students. (1) Classroom environment – establish norms and expectations for giving and receiving feedback. (2) Streamline grading practices – use the same grading rubric. (3) Use online tools … Read More

Elementary Gone Grid: Blog Series Overview

Kari PitstickBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Grade Better, Lead Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Mastery Done Better, Personalize Student Learning Better

Elementary Gone Grid: Blog Series Overview Everyone knows The Grid Method Mastery Learning Framework is changing classrooms around the world. But what does it look like at the Elementary Level? This blog series shares the basics of implementing The Grid Method at the elementary level and how to create the most effective elementary grids! Posts in the Series Elementary Grids: … Read More

Elementary Grids: Tips From Our How-To Guide

Amanda BolonBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Grade Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Mastery Done Better, Personalize Student Learning Better

TL;DR: When implementing The Grid Method with primary grades, consider the physical setup of your room. Evaluate your routines. Create an environment where failure is welcomed. When a student succeeds quickly, or they need a break from learning, allow them to lead. Run student-led conferences in your classroom. Elementary Grids: Tips From Our How-To Guide Is mastery learning something elementary … Read More

No More Giant Backpack: Using the Grid Method

Michelle KasunBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Grade Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Mastery Done Better

TL;DR: Follow the journey of Michelle as she discovered the Grid Method. Read five reasons why using the Grid Method is so effective: (1) standards-based (2) strategic and timely assessments (3) varied assessment (4) students work at own pace (5) enrichment opportunities. I recently saw a teacher meme that showed a man with a GIANT backpack and the caption, “When … Read More

Feedback? “I tried that. It didn’t work.”

David FrangiosaBlog, Grade Better, Lesson Plan Better, Mastery Done Better

TL;DR: Providing student feedback is a valuable tool that doesn’t need to be overwhelming. Evaluate when individual feedback is needed and when it can be taught to the whole class. Focus feedback on certain skills. Create a framework for feedback that allows students to self-reflect and utilize peer reflections. Make feedback meaningful by using descriptive feedback rather than evaluative feedback. … Read More