Quality in Online Education

Opinion Article in The Oregonian: How Online Education Can Work

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Preparing Final Grades?

Towards Fair and Meaningful Grading Practices for the Differentiated Standards-Based Classroom

Public school teachers today are charged with designing standards-based learning experiences that will be effective with increasingly diverse groups of students. To fulfill that goal, they have begun to use a wide variety of the assignments, learning activities, culminating projects and assessments with the students in their classes. But teachers working to improve their practice by differentiating their lesson plans sometimes worry, “How can I be sure my grades are fair and accurate if my students engage in different learning activities and express what they know in different ways?”

This pedagogy requires new, more flexible grading and reporting practices than we’ve used in the past; practices that help us better recognize and support all kinds of learners.  Well-regarded educational leaders believe that grading  practices alone could play an important role in reducing disengagement and school failure. Here are the big ideas. Continue reading

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Tribute to a Teacher

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops”
Henry Adams

A Tribute to a Special Teacher

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Powerful Asynchronous Conversation

Asynchronous forums offer many learning opportunities and benefits, but deep inquiry happens only when the teacher provides good structure and moderation.  Here are my 10 tips for building purposeful conversation in asynchronous virtual forums. Continue reading

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