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Let’s Talk Oral Communication

Learning how to effectively scaffold instruction for English Language Learners taught me that  if you want to boost your students’ content understanding, ask them to talk about it in meaningful and purposeful ways. Ask students (and not just ELL students)

Posted in Assessment, Rubrics

How to Get From a Rubric to Scaffolding

So you’ve got a great rubric (maybe one of the New Tech rubrics?).  Hopefully it embodies the characteristics of good rubrics I described here.  But now what? How do you get from a killer rubric- to some really killer scaffolding

Posted in Instruction, Rubrics

Say Yes to GOOD Rubrics

Last time, I argued that rubrics really are a good thing, despite Alfie Kohn.  However, I wrote assuming that the rubrics teachers are using to have rich conversations are good rubrics. Alfie Kohn, as I noted previously, says that, “Some

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Say Yes to Rubrics

Periodically, I turn to Alfie Kohn to metaphorically kick me in the rear and make me question everything I do- because he may change what I’m doing, but also because he makes me get very certain about why I’m doing

Posted in Assessment, Disciplinary Literacy, Rubrics, Writing