Join assessment expert Rick Wormeli for a series of webinars applying what we know about effective feedback and grading in remote instruction. Each session will be live from noon- 1:15 pm; those who register but are unable to attend live will receive a private link to a recorded version.
Session 1 (Sept. 24): Descriptive Feedback: Principles and Techniques for Use in All Subjects
More than grading, descriptive feedback gains a powerful new role in a world in which students are learning from home or doing a hybrid version of in-school/at-home learning. We also know that assessment without actionable course from it, i.e. feedback and revising one’s learning in light of it, is a waste of everyone’s time; learning is lost. Join us now for a provocative session in which we explore practical, descriptive feedback principles and techniques that teachers can use in almost every subject. Integral to the feedback experience, too, is helping students self-monitor their learning progress and build agency, owning their learning. The practices described here can be passed along to parents, too, so understand better how to assist their children in their school work without over-assisting. Truly, constructive, descriptive feedback practices fundamentally change the way we think about learning, design lessons, interact with students, and coach one another. Don’t miss it!
Session 2 (Sept. 29): Ethical/Accurate Assessment and Grading: Principles and Practicalities
With curriculum culling, changing school calendars, and a myriad of learning inequities exacerbated by pandemic-induced physical distancing, we need to remain unusually attentive to ethical assessment and grading practices. Join us for a candid and professional look at fundamental assessment/grading practices that support student learning and fairness, including the most controversial practices among them. We’ll bust a few myths and explore the integrity of each principle, demonstrating how each one is not a simple platitude, but instead, manifest in specific practices in our classrooms. Here in this session are the operating tenets of assessment and grading that move us forward, including insights on formative/summative/alternative assessments, becoming evidentiary, assessing homework/late work, the temporary nature of grades, handling re-do’s, extra credit, diagnostic vs evaluative roles, and much more. We need to get this right, as very real student futures are at stake. Join us!
Session 3 (Oct. 6): Remote Instruction Grading Challenges: What Principles Apply, and How Do We Minimize Cheating and Plagiarism?
The principles of accurate, ethical grading don’t end with the movement to remote instruction. Given our diverse opinions about modern grading practices, however, as well as the inequities among our students’ situations while learning from home, our schools need to take a breath and consider what all this means for grading in the full year ahead. Join us for a candid look at which principles and practices transfer to remote instruction situations: What can we keep and where do we need to compromise? What do experts advise? What mistakes do we need to avoid? From what resources can we draw to resolve issues as they arise? Just as unsettling, too: Students learning at home have amplified teachers’ concerns about cheating, plagiarizing, and parent over-assistance. This session includes a revealing look at why students cheat on their school work, suggestions for a constructive response when students cheat, and specific steps educators can take to minimize its occurrence. Based on research at both k-12 and university levels and the presenter’s work with schools around the nation and abroad, this session provides solid foundations for school policy and practice during this difficult time.
We will send a link along with connection information to registrants two days prior to each session.
The scholarly but always fun-loving Rick Wormeli was one of the first Nationally Board Certified teachers in America. Rick’s work embodies innovation, energy, validity and high standards. He is a frequent contributor to ASCD’s Education Leadership magazine and the author of the award-winning book Meet Me in the Middle as well as Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom, Summarization in any Subject: 60 Innovative and Tech-Infused Strategies for Deeper Student Learning, The Collected Writings (So Far) of Rick Wormeli: Crazy Good Stuff I Learned about Teaching Along the Way, and many others. Rick connects with educators worldwide from his home in Virginia and is enjoying his recent designation as a grandfather!