Apply EQuIP’s Four Dimensions to Refine Existing Units

  As an active member of the EQuIP Review Panel, I talk to teachers in my own state of Illinois and across the country. In that work, I find teachers are gaining an ever-growing strength and confidence in their knowledge of the standards; however, most express professional struggle in developing cohesive units that incorporate all […]

Managing Homework, Do-overs, Late, Make-up and Extra-credit

Teachers know late work throws a wrench into their planning and grading. Redo and do-over, a mantra of assessment for learning concerns teachers–how to manage the redundancy of such an approach? Can there be one single way to reduce the frustration of student work coming in for review and feedback across the calendar of an […]

5 Tips for Classroom Collaboration

You’ve spent hours doing the front-work for an exciting and creative collaborative project for your students. You’ve thought through all the bugs and the must-haves. You’ve provided the knowledge and the practiced the skills to get the job done. And, you’ve either identified groups that you know will work or you’ve left the grouping decision […]

Focusing Student Growth on Standards-based Curriculum and Assessment

Student growth is measured by assessing students before they engage in the classroom learning and then testing them after they have had the teacher’s class. Comparisons are made between the beginning scores and the ending score and from that, student growth is measured. A simple analogy: as parents, you have a baby. That baby is measured and weighed at birth. Thereafter, you take your baby to regular checkups to measure their growth or lack thereof. These measurements may or may not be seen as a reflection on your parenting.