Multiple Types of Assessments with Whole Class Texts by Julie Swinehart has some great ideas if you’re stuck in an assessment rut. I especially loved the graded video discussion and will be trying this soon.
How Do We Give Meaningful Feedback to Student Writers – the trend in assessing writing continues to move from teachers editing writing to coaching students to better writing. I especially like the Praise, Question, Wish strategy (similar to Glow and Grow).
Promoting Community in the Workshop Classroom from Three Teachers Talk offers some great ideas for celebrating the reading lives of students.
Janet Nayer has pulled together a list of Podcasts, so if you’re needing a break from grading or a fresh voice in education to listen to, try one of these.
Humble – Boldness – it’s no secret I’m a Dave Stuart, Jr., and this article by him, though non-ELA, is such a good reminder of why we do what we do and how we should approach it.
Poem of the Week: Rain Effect by Mary Ruefle