Today is April 16th and I woke up to a world coated in ice. I knew at 6AM that school buses were cancelled for the day, and was frankly delighted to have a student-free day to catch up on my marking and other loose ends after a very busy month.
This tweet is what reminded me to put blogging on my to-do list; thanks Matthew and Pete for the little push!
Ideas, lead to writing, which leads to more ideas. (thanks @dougpete!). https://t.co/2zAsUotWRj. If you have a few moments at home today, if your school is cancelled, maybe you can write a blog piece?
— Matthew Oldridge (@MatthewOldridge) April 16, 2018 So, what to write about? I have so many things I'd like to share; sometimes this causes me to write very LONG posts that touch on lots of different things. Today, inspired by the post/thread above, I've decided to focus on just one thing. That way, I'll have to blog more often to get the rest of my ideas out, right? We'll see. It's still a long post. :)
I'm dying to share some things today. I don't have long so excuse the unpolished-as-usual state of things.
In the last few months as I explore a feedback-focused classroom I have sometimes 'slipped' back into old habits. I'm not saying this is a terrible thing, but I have noticed it and have found it frustrating that I haven't been able run my classes exactly the way I dream of running them.
Today a lovely tweet (thread) by @SusanCampo caught my eye; I was at the dentist waiting for my daughter to get her chipped tooth fixed (hooray for Science!) and saw this:
I’m not finished listening but had to stop and share this amazingness from @MonteSyrie “Teacher teach and students student. We fall back into routines and make artificial transactions” (instead of authentic relationships). If we instead choose to... 1/2 https://t.co/5q0xJ5CKim
— Susan Campo (@SusanCampo) April 30, 2018 The podcast she is referencing is wonderful - I had a chance to listen today only because…
I would love to write a very long blog post right now, but just don't have the time, so I'm going to try to share what's been happening in a few 'shorter' posts (they won't actually be short, because I don't have time this week to edit them down to their essences...so I hope you don't mind if it feels more like a train of thought).
Student Point of View so FarAt the end of last week my grade 12 students had come to the 'end' of their electrochemistry unit having not received a single grade. I used single point rubrics to give feedback on their lab reports and written & verbal feedback for our quick quizzes and the unit test. On Friday my students were asked to complete a very brief survey with a single question.
Question: What are your reflections about our gradeless classroom so far? Be honest and open. This survey is anonymous.
I currently have about 50 students in this course, and the responses from students varied. Here are some of the respo…