Friday's Five is a feature every week where I pick a new topic and list five items that I think fit best. Then I ask you, my readers, to share your thoughts in the comment section. Each post has a "Tweet" button on top and buttons on the bottom that allow you to share in several ways, including e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter. For a few years I've been a member of our district's Assessment Committee, where we try and develop assessment policy and guidelines for teachers. We've tried to come up with policies and guidelines that both lead to assessments in the classroom that guide the teaching of classroom teachers towards areas of need for students and standardize grading practices across the district.
Does More Homework Mean Better Grades?
Completion grading: unintended consequences – Math-World Liaison
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Homework as Formative Assessment
The " differentiated homework plan " spells out the responsibilities of both parties but the bottom line is a ban on homework. Like many parents, Tom and Shelli Milley were tired of the nightly struggles with their children over homework. And by busy work, Milley means assignments like color-by-number pictures for a French lesson or clipping pictures out of magazines. The Milley's have three children, Jay, now 18 and off to college, Spencer, 11 and Brittany,
This is a follow up to my Minimalist Approach to Homework post. Though I utilized the homework agenda for many years prior to the book, it fits right in to the idea of only keeping things that bring you joy. Any teacher will tell you that a missing assignment is a giant pain. Side note, my first year I had