User Story: Social Sciences + Flash Feedback

Seeking inspiration for how to use focused peer review or single criterion assessment in your classroom? In our User Story series, we feature our teacher innovators with examples of student work and feedback from their classrooms. Flash Summary Feedback is most useful early in the writing process Peer review is a great tool for engaging…… Continue reading User Story: Social Sciences + Flash Feedback

Teaching Teamwork in 10 Minutes: The Birds Activity

The first week of school is a powerful time to set norms, and one of the most important norms in a collaborative classroom is valuing others’ perspectives on teams. There are lots of great activities out there – for example, lost at sea or the marshmallow challenge – but when you run a chaotic, project-based…… Continue reading Teaching Teamwork in 10 Minutes: The Birds Activity

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

WOOP: Motivating Goals for You and Your Students

What’s the difference between a goal that’s just written on paper and a goal you actually achieve? Whether you’re thinking about your personal goals for the next school year, or how to help your students write goals, using a framework helps define goals to make them more attainable. You’ve probably heard of SMART goals, so…… Continue reading WOOP: Motivating Goals for You and Your Students

What I Learned When I Gave Every Student an A

What happens when there are no grades and every student has an A? After years of fielding questions from students about grades instead of content and noticing struggling students demoralized by the numbers, I saw how grades distracted students from learning. So, when I discovered that going gradeless was an option, I decided to throw…… Continue reading What I Learned When I Gave Every Student an A

Not Just for Students: Using a Feedback Loop to Improve Your Teaching Practice

We give our students a lot of feedback to guide their growth — but do we do a good job of seeking and using feedback ourselves? Over the winter break of 2015, I was somewhat startled to find myself searching the internet for career alternatives that would take me out of the classroom. I was…… Continue reading Not Just for Students: Using a Feedback Loop to Improve Your Teaching Practice