Recalculating: A High School Teacher’s Venture into Standards-Based Grading

Over the past two decades (almost), it would periodically occur to me that the grades I assigned my students did not necessarily reflect their level of skill. Ten points off here. Ten points added there. A zero for this assignment. A 110/100 for that assignment. Such arbitrary numbers, it would seem. But education being what … Continue reading Recalculating: A High School Teacher’s Venture into Standards-Based Grading

Educator or Barista? A Teacher’s Admission of Doubt

This school year is still toddling around, unsteady on its feet, yet I have already been faced with doubts I was not expecting to have. I spent a great deal of my career in a school that housed one grade level. While this made for a tight-knit community of professionals, it did not offer me … Continue reading Educator or Barista? A Teacher’s Admission of Doubt