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On Thursday we began the Effective Teacher GPA Exercise that allows teachers to reflect on their individual classroom practices. Read last week’s Effective Teacher GPA Exercise (Part 1). Items in the Exercise allow teachers to rate their classroom performance with an A to F grade.

Part 1 of this series highlights the importance of the Exercise using findings from Black and Wiliam (1998) and Marzano (2003). These two studies leverage our number one goal as teachers—to improve student learning. Hattie’s Visible Learning: A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement presents the same goal by presenting what “what works best.” Hattie states:

Many teachers already think in the ways I argue in this book; many are seeking to always improve and constantly monitor their performances to make a difference to what they do; and many inspire the love of learning that is one of the major outcomes of any school… The major message [in this book] is that we need a barometer of what works best, and such a barometer can also establish guidelines as to what is excellent—too often we shy from using this word thinking that excellence is unattainable in schools. Excellence is attainable: there are many instances of excellence, some of it fleeting, some of it aplenty. We need better evaluation to acknowledge and esteem when it occurs—as it does.

When teachers commit to applying the actions from the MyGrade GPA Exercise in their classrooms, they regain their passion for teaching and move toward excellence. Participate in this week’s Exercise:

To participate in Part 1’s Exercise click here. Participate with us in the Effective Teacher GPA Exercise for the next couple weeks. At the end of the Exercise, you can calculate your overall GPA; we will do the same using all poll responses.





Black, P., and Wiliam, D. 1998. Inside the black box: raising standards through classroom assessment, Phi Delta Kappa, 80(2), pp. 139 – 144.

Hattie, John. 2009. Visible Learning: A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement. Routledge: London and New York.

Marzano, R. 2003. What works in schools: Translating research into action. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

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