Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels,
each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels,
and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).

Friday, April 3, 2015

Catching Up on Resources (Motivation, Grading, and ELLs)

Here's three resources for your enjoyment!

English Language Learners, students who do not have English as their native language, provide a specific set of challenges for teachers across the content areas. Depending on their lack of knowledge of English, they may be shy or lack confidence, overly reliant on visuals, or resistant to talking in small groups. However, as they learn the language, their confidence increases, as does their achievement. Let’s look at three specific strategies that help ELLs learn.  For the full article, click here. 

Grading is a controversial topic. That’s partly because it is very personal. It’s your judgment about a student’s work. However, grading can also be controversial because what the evaluation is based on can vary. Let’s look at key indicators of effective grading, using the acronym of GRADE. For the full article, click here.  

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