Grades Keep Students From Taking Risks | e-Learning Today TV

Episode 10 – May 21, 2010

(Episode Length: 23 minutes, 13 seconds)

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  • Gateway Academy
    • alternative school for students with special needs
    • small, intimate class settings
    • offers different teaching styles
    • life skills, preparation for future

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  • Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
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    • 20 schools with the most minutes logged will appear in the Scholastic Book of World Records 2011.
    • Students aged 3 – 7 log books with parent or guardian to gain points to grow an online garden, plus tips on raising young readers, healthy reading habits, exciting summer reading activities, and more.
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Hashtag Talk

  • 5 Alternatives to Traditional Grading | #Edchat Recap
  • No matter where you stand there was much to learn on incorporating more authentic grading methods into your instruction in order to encourage students to become life long learners and provide more valuable insight for parents on their child’s progress. There are many faults with traditional grading methods. Relying solely on letter grades can actually be more harmful than helpful when it comes to student learning, empowering and engaging all students, and measuring growth.
  • Traditional grades are often”  subjective, meaningless, restrictive, misguided, unrealistic, invalid, and do not take into account the needs of 21st century learners. 
  • @tomwhitby: If a kid is workin @ 100% of ability and is failin do we grade on acheivement or ability? @gfred33: Grades keep some students from taking risks and others from seeking challenge. @whatedsaid: I don’t believe grades motivate students to learn. They motivate students to get grades.
  • Alternative Grading Methods
    • Reshaping grading methodology in public education is impossible without also examining and reshaping traditional teaching methodologies.
    • Standards Based Grading
    • Individual Learning Projects with Rubrics
    • Self-Assessed Learning Goals
    • Observations ,Anecdotal Records, Progress Monitoring
    • Portfolios

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Blogger of the Week

  • 5 Traits of 21st Century School Administrators and Leaders | Derek Keenan
  • Author of Adventures in Teaching and Learning – a blog for 21st educators, teaches his high school English in Airdrie, Alberta using a class set of ipod touches
  • “Meet them on Their Terms, Use Their Tools”: Keenan’s goal is to create lifelong learners by showing his students how to use the devices in their pockets for academic tasks.
  • He explains, “If they are at work and need to create a solution to a problem, they will be able to pull out their iPod and create a mind map, twitter with experts, blog and collaborate.  I guess it boils down to authentic learning.”
  • He echoed the message of last week’s blogger of the week, Principal Eric Sheninger, demanding that administrators must “lead teachers into new frontiers of education” and accept that learning can and must occur socially and globally, outside school walls. 5 Traits:
      1. An Active Listener
      2. A Connected Leader
      3. An Authentic Conversationalist
      4. Inspirational and Empowering
      5. A 21st Century Learning Specialist
  •  “We owe it to our students to lead in a way that is consistent with the future they are moving toward!  Be great for them!” – Mr. Keenan
  • Check the show notes for a link to my interview with Mr. Keenan on authentic teaching and learning, 21st Century tools for success, using ipods in the classroom, and more.


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