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Podcast for Teachers: Can I Do Less Grading?

Questions around the role and value of grading have been debated among teachers, administrators, parents and students for many years. In this podcast, Steve explores some of these questions and provides resources for further exploration. How much teacher effort is invested in grading student work, tests, and projects? To what extent does grading positively or […]

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Planning for and Supporting Learning Acceleration

I hope you are enjoying a break from school, and finding time for rest, reflection, and renewal before the new year begins. This past year has been one of many different experiences for all of us. Experiences none of us were expecting as we looked ahead at the beginning of 2021. We enter 2022 with […]

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Coaching Instructional Agility

As I have been exploring acceleration as a mindset and approach for administrators, teachers, and students looking to the start of the next school year, the topic of instructional agility arose. I reviewed the text, Instructional Agility: Responding to Assessment With Real Time Decisions, and recorded a podcast with Tom Schimmer. I asked Tom to […]

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Creating an Environment for Acceleration

I am working with several school systems and their instructional coaches and administrators to support teachers in creating a mindset and actions of acceleration rather than remediation as they begin the coming school year. Here are some of the resources I’ve found that might be helpful to you in planning your professional development and coaching. […]

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Podcast: Exploring Instructional Agility With Tom Schimmer

Co-author of Instructional Agility, Tom Schimmer, joins this podcast to share thoughts on the role of “real time” assessment in agile teaching. Like agile athletes, agile teachers make quick yet thoughtful decisions about what comes next. Tom examines how grading can interfere with the focus on assessment for instruction. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders […]

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Podcast: A Conversation on Assessment & Grading – Now & Then With Tom Schimmer

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by education author, speaker & consultant Tom Schimmer, to discuss the potential changes that may occur to assessment and grading change with the reopening of classrooms. Visit Tom’s website here.  Find Tom on twitter: @TomSchimmer Subscribe to the Steve Barkley […]

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