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The case for accepting late work

The new year is a great time to reflect and make adjustments to our instruction, classroom management, and grading practices.  Accepting late work without academic penalty helps students focus on learning and develops mastery.

THE PURPOSE OF GRADES

Help students say goodbye to test anxiety

Stress and anxiety might start surging for you and your student this time of year, so try out these three simple, research-supported strategies to reduce stress and test anxiety and actually boost academic performance!

METACOGNITIVE REFLECTION

, elementary students repeated words of ...

Are you grading for learning or points?

As the semester winds down and you prepare to submit final grades, you may find yourself grading piles of papers while students attempt to turn in late work at the final hour.  This can be stressful and overwhelming and does little to improve learning. It doesn't have to be this way! If you are feeling the end-of-the-marking-period crunch, here ...

Five strategies for fast and effective feedback

Last week, I shared some thoughts on giving more effective feedback to students.  Today, I’m discussing teachers’ #1 complaint about grading: TIME.   In a day already filled with competing priorities, it’s difficult to find time to grade student work.  I know first-hand the fee...

Favorite digital assessment tools

Today I’m sharing four of the best digital assessment tools!  It wasn’t easy to narrow down this list (I even included an honorable mention section) but these teacher favorites span across grade levels and subjects.   Want even more ideas?  Check out our database of digital ass...

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