September 2017

Formative Assessment Tools and the Art of Teaching

By |2018-02-22T00:04:53+00:00September 4th, 2017|

Formative Assessment Tools and the Science of Teaching There are two critical keys to exceptional teaching. The first, effective transmission of content and skills as measured by formative assessment (short and medium cycle) and summative assessment. This scientific approach to student mastery relies on rigorous measurement. It is the key to identifying what doesn't work and improving on what does. [...]

September 2016

Why Do So Many Great Teachers Hate Data Driven Instruction?

By |2016-09-01T14:16:00+00:00September 1st, 2016|

My Data Driven Instruction NightmareThursday morning, and it was cold. The day, designated for professional development. It was my first year at a high performing, "no excuses" charter school. The results were in from our first benchmark exam of the year. I sat, a little uneasy, knowing that my colleagues and I we were being judged [...]