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

A Culture of Iteration: Policies and Practices for a Revision-Focused Classroom

Success in the real world depends on a person’s ability to iterate. to understand the definition of success on a taskto seek feedback early and oftento use that feedback to revise and refine until successful As teachers, its our job to scaffold this process, with developmentally-appropriate differentiation, until our students can fly solo. As I…… Continue reading A Culture of Iteration: Policies and Practices for a Revision-Focused Classroom

Want to Avoid Teacher Burnout? Iterating on Feedback Might Help

Dear teachers, I’ve been chatting with some amazing educators from the South and Midwest this week. It’s part of our effort to spread the word about the Flash + Floop fall pilot. By amazing, I really mean amazing, like a veteran elementary teacher who is the model ELA instructor for her district, and a veteran…… Continue reading Want to Avoid Teacher Burnout? Iterating on Feedback Might Help