6 things that make auto-graded Google Forms quizzes better

Auto-graded quizzes have their pro’s and con’s. They cut back on teacher grading time and provide students with quick feedback. But they don’t show what students can do with what they’re learned and limit 21st century skills (communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking). Should we use auto-graded quizzes? That’s a question I wrestled with in this […]

Should we use auto-graded multiple-choice quizzes?

Scantron was one of the early auto-grading innovations. It cut your grading time down significantly. (Of course, there were those little plastic templates you could lay over bubble sheets, too.) Then digital devices came to the classroom. This democratized auto-grading. Anyone with the devices could reap the rewards. Free tools like Flubaroo made the process […]

3 creative ways to Ditch That Essay

What are your most memorable experiences throughout your middle school and high school career? I know, you are thinking about all the exciting and engaging essays you wrote. That five-paragraph essay where you explained the theme of a text. Each paragraph was informative and persuasive, providing robust evidence and analysis to support your claim. Probably […]

7 ways to ditch those traditional assessments

For a couple of years now I have been wondering if there is a better way to do summative assessments. Typically, in my district, we offer standard multiple-choice tests and possibly some writing options for our summative assessments but I didn’t feel like it was giving me a clear picture of what my students really […]

20 activities to “Bloom” with the new Flipgrid camera

20 activities bloom new flipgrid (flip grid) camera

Video is so easy to create in the classroom now. What used to take expensive equipment and advanced know-how can be created in seconds with devices we already have. Video is a rich medium for learning. Students can practice speaking skills, show their passion through their voice, and make learning visible. In summer 2019, Flipgrid […]

Ditch That Grade! 9 ways to move beyond the grade and on to meaningful learning

I know what you are thinking, ditch that grade? Really? Well, maybe not all grades… or maybe? It begs the question, why give grades? Where did this whole grading frenzy start? What do grades really measure anyway? What about schools that don’t give grades? Do students stop learning? If April showers bring May flowers… Okay, […]

20 ways to analyze text, images with Edji

Texts and images related to the content we teach can spark students’ imagination. Provoke controversy and fierce debate. Inspire them to see themselves — and the world differently. But done poorly, they can be one-dimensional learning. Fact recall-based. Anything but memorable. What makes the difference? What causes some lessons to flourish and others to flop? […]

50+ awesome end-of-year ideas, activities and projects

The end of the school year is upon us. It’s time to reflect on the growth we’ve made and showcase our learning. We get to pull out our favorite end-of-year projects and activities. It’s also the perfect time to try something brand new. If you are looking for: ways to keep motivation high as you review […]

How to start a Quizlet Live game in 60 seconds + tips and tricks

Quizlet Live is a collaborative, high-energy review game. It’s based on Quizlet, the online flashcards platform that’s been around for years. Students are sorted into groups and work together to answer all 12 questions correctly in a row to win. If we’re not careful, review can be a drag. At worst, it’s a repetition of […]