Four weeks ago (May 14, 2012) and each Monday since that date our Monday “Who’s Engaged” posts present the MyGrade GPA Exercise. Participate in Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. The Exercise encourages you to take a moment to reflect on your classroom practices by reviewing a statement and then using an A to F grade to rate your performance.
In Part 1 of this series we highlighted the importance of this exercise using findings from Black and Wiliam (1998) and Marzano (2003). Part 2 highlighted Hattie’s Visible Learning: A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement presents the same goal by presenting what “what works best.” Part 3 reminded us that teachers who commit to applying the actions from the MyGrade GPA Exercise in their classrooms regain their passion for teaching and move toward excellence.
Participate in this week’s Exercise:
Great teachers make great schools. They are the ones who work tirelessly to help students learn, grow, and achieve, the ones who make sure parents are satisfied with their children’s learning experience, the ones who never give up. In his conversations with thousands of teachers every year Dr. Harry Wong says he “reinforce[s] that it is what the teacher knows and can do that is the most important factor in student achievement.” Ronald Gallimore, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at UCLA shares “Teaching is the final common pathway of efforts to improve student achievement.” The MyGrade GPA Exercise offers common practices to reflect on to help teachers become great.
Participate with us in the MyGrade GPA Exercise through each Monday in June, and July. At the end of the summer, you can calculate your overall GPA; we will do the same using all poll responses.
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