Writing Strong Criteria for Peer Review

A great peer review assignment is open-ended. A closed-ended question is a closed door. Open-ended assignments are an invitation to think critically and creatively about a topic. There is a time and place in instruction and assessment for closed-ended questions – we need to know what our students can recall and understand before we know they’re…… Continue reading Writing Strong Criteria for Peer Review

Floop Team & Dr. Naomi Winstone: What does the research say about feedback best practices?

Over winter break, Floop co-founder Melanie and I had the privilege of talking with prominent feedback researcher Dr. Naomi Winstone. Her research has discovered that feedback interventions all seem to target at least one of four metacognitive skills, described by the SAGE process, and hypothesizes that a holistic approach to developing feedback systems should target…… Continue reading Floop Team & Dr. Naomi Winstone: What does the research say about feedback best practices?

5-Minute Energizers to Activate You and Your Students

We’re officially in the grind. I ask my teacher colleagues how they’re doing, and the standard response is a sigh: “I’m really looking forward to catching up on grading over the 3-day weekend,” “I’m counting down the days until Thanksgiving,” “I have 20 letters of recommendation to write” (sidebar – anyone else have this problem?).…… Continue reading 5-Minute Energizers to Activate You and Your Students

How Floop Started: Startup Weekend EDU from an Educator’s Perspective

Re-posted from the Seattle Public Library’s Shelf Talk blog. I wrote this blog post back in 2016 to commemorate the 1-year anniversary of Startup Weekend EDU Seattle 2015, the weekend where Floop got started! It’s been almost 3 years since then, and now, Startup Weekend EDU Seattle 2018 is just around the corner. Learn more…… Continue reading How Floop Started: Startup Weekend EDU from an Educator’s Perspective

3 Free Feedback Tools You’ve Never Heard Of

Today is a quick post with some free stuff! 1. Growth Report Google Sheet Get It Here If you’re interested in producing a richer, more useful “grade” (i.e. growth) report for students, try this Google sheet template. You’ll need some intermediate Google sheets/ Excel skills and it works best if you’re already using standards based…… Continue reading 3 Free Feedback Tools You’ve Never Heard Of