A week ago, I finally had the conversation I had been avoiding. A boy had been slowly making his way through The Two Towers a couple of pages a day, and it was soon clear that he needed to set the book aside. I was worried, though, about how he’d react to the suggestion. One… Read More The Power of Abandoning Books
Before reading this, if you haven’t read the reflection I wrote after the first two days of assessment conferences, you can find that here. My first-quarter assessment conferences are over. In all, it took me four days to meet with everyone, two days for reading, two days for writing. While the process is still… Read More Reflection on Assessment Conferences, Part 2
First quarter ends Friday for our school, so this week for the first time I began conferences with students to decide their grades for the quarter. Before you keep reading, if you haven’t read the post where I outlined our assessment criteria for first quarter, you can find it here. The process began last week… Read More Reflection on Assessment Conferences
A week ago, I was doing some school work while my daughter sat at a nearby desk with a pencil and drew pictures of birds. After a while she said she wanted to draw a parrot next. “But,” she said, “I think I need crayons for this one. People won’t know this is a parrot… Read More What Really Matters in Designing Writing Curriculum
Last night, we held our first parent-teacher conferences of the year, and for the first time, I didn’t have any grades to talk about. My school has used online gradebooks since I started teaching, so parents have always had full-time access to their kids’ grades. This year, however, I haven’t been grading individual assignments. Instead,… Read More Parent-Teacher Conferences: What Do We Talk about If We Don’t Talk about Grades?