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Student success is important - learn 3 ways you can better support student achievement in 2020.
Every teacher has a passion for helping students learn, and we accept that our teaching role comes with many hats. With all the things we do, how can we better support our students in and out of the classroom? To cultivate the skills that students need for life in the 21st century, we can aim [...]
Prfessional Development for teachers in 2020 is all about learning how to follow through on your goals!
This time of year, we’re all making plans to better ourselves and move forward with personal and professional development. Whether your New Year’s goals are personal or classroom related, FreshGrade is here to help guide your path to be your personal and professional best. Making lofty goals is easy, but it’s the follow-through plan that [...]
Thinking about helping students become more reflective and more thoughtful learners? Starr Sackstein, a New York educator, recently shared the benefits of digital portfolios and her 4–Steps to Digital Portfolios in a webinar. Why Digital Portfolios? When students are tracking their progress over–time, they are better able to set goals, reflect and think about themselves [...]
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You asked and we listened. Over the past 6-years, we have been compiling all of your feedback in order to build you the most powerful gradebook yet! We have an all-new more powerful than ever gradebook that empowers teachers to assess their way. Score-based or standards-based, no matter how you set up your classes in [...]
Cari Wilson a classroom teacher shares stories of her students who are struggling with mental health and self-esteem issues.
Cari Wilson Elementary Innovation + Technology Lead Teacher Cari Wilson is the Elementary Innovation and Technology Lead Teacher for West Vancouver School District. With over 20 years of classroom experience and a Masters in Educational Technology, Cari works with both teachers and students in West Vancouver and beyond, helping them implement technology and innovation in [...]
Freshgrade's blogpost on how students are the best sources of Information about student learning.
Article written by: Kathy Cote’ Rogers, and her 7th + 8th grade students Ava, Hayden, and Raven.  As a teacher, I have designed numerous formative and summative assessments attempting to measure student learning. I have spent countless hours creating, compiling, disaggregating and analyzing test scores and achievement data in order to glean information that would [...]
FreshGrade's Blog: Assessment For Learning
Article written by: Damian Cooper In this blog post, we shall examine how Jackie Clark, a grade 3 teacher, combines her deep understanding of assessment for learning with her use of instructional technology to improve the reading skills of her students.  I strongly encourage you to view the webinar, "Assessment for Learning: Classroom Strategies to Improve Learning [...]
FreshGrade's Blog: How to Make Learning Visible in your Classroom
Article written by: Cari Wilson How can you make learning visible in your classroom? John Hattie's book 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning: Teaching for Success lays out clearly how you can make learning in your Classroom visible. John Hattie's 10 Mindframes: I am an evaluator of my impact on student learning I see assessment as [...]
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Author: Gerard Dawson, English & Journalism Teacher, Hightstown High School, New Jersey   Teaching students to self-reflect is important. It’s also challenging, especially if you’ve never fully realized the benefits of self-reflection for yourself. I always thought reflection was just an “add-on” or “bonus” activity that teachers asked me to do in school. It wasn’t […]

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A growth mindset as defined by Carol S. Dweck “is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts, your strategies, and help from others.” So, what is the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset? In a fixed mindset, it is believed that you have […]

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