Back to Grading Smarter, Not Harder (Reimagined) [PDO]
This course is based on the ASCD book Grading Smarter, Not Harder: Assessment Strategies That Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn (2014) by Myron Dueck. There are many reasons for educators to consider taking this course. Some districts have taken on grading and assessment changes and this course could help you with specific tools, resources, and research to substantiate and incorporate new methods. Perhaps you want to embark on standards-based grading and need some assistance separating academics and behavior. For others, these learning opportunities may be part of a quest to jump from being a good teacher to a great educator, and this can be a daunting task for anyone. Regardless of your reasons and aspirations for taking this course, this set of readings, videos, assignments, and prompts should be of great value in examining your grading, evaluating assessment, and reporting beliefs and routines. As you start this course, use the journal and other tools to track your questions, concerns, and thoughts. Only when we are reflective and critical in our own learning do we get the most out of any experience.
- Understand the value of targets and how they can form both the starting point and structure of a sound assessment plan.
- Create an effective unit plan that clearly establishes all of the elements that a student will need to know, reason, demonstrate, and produce.
- Identify issues involved with the traditional, one-shot unit test structure.
- Identify challenges and corresponding solutions to developing a reassessment structure for unit tests.
- Construct two differently formatted assessments that separate and evaluate the same learning outcomes.
- Understand the importance of separating behaviors and academics when reporting student achievement.
- Develop an evaluation tool that will report on behavior without grading it.
- Determine how your grading rules meet the CARE criteria for your students.
- Analyze the purpose of homework as it relates to practice, reinforcement, and preparation.
- Develop an in-class assessment procedure that is intended to measure the understanding of an academic element that was reinforced by a homework activity.
- Summarize and reflect on why creativity and student ownership is an effective way to increase student motivation, deep content understanding, and engagement.
- Identify a learning outcome that you currently approach in a very traditional manner and use one of the approaches covered in this section to make it more engaging.
(ASCD PD Online course, 2016) Self-paced asynchronous online course. Upon completion, learners will be awarded an ASCD Certificate worth up to 20 Clock Hours.