Superintendent’s Conference Day 2016

A total of 1 hour and 45 minutes (105 minutes) is allocated to address the session.

 

1. Introduction to the professional development session and overview of the grading and homework policy updates  – 15 Minutes Total

 

Please watch introduction video.

 

 

Please read Proposed Grading Policy 7214 Essential Elements individually (4 minutes) .

Please discuss these questions in your small group (8 minutes):

  • How do your current practices align with the proposed policy language?
  • Would any part of your current grading practice need to be revised to align with the proposed policy?
  • What grading practices might need to change?

 

 

2. Grading Policy and Practices – 40 Minutes Total

 

Please watch video.

 

Please watch video clip by Rick Wormeli on Redos, Retakes, and Do-Overs

 

 

Please discuss these questions in your small group (10 minutes):

  • Recognizing it would be very challenging to allow Redos and Retakes all of the time, in what ways might this concept be best applied in your class?
  • How might expanding the opportunity for Redos and Retakes help students learn at higher levels?
  • How have you implemented parts of this theory in your classroom already? How have you managed this?

 

Please watch video.

 

Please read or watch the article Leading to Change/Effective  Grading Practices by Douglas Reeves or if you prefer, you may watch this informally-posted video featuring similar content:

 

 

Please discuss these questions in your small group (10 minutes):

  • How might improving grading practices help to increase student achievement?

  • How does the use of zeros as opposed to 50s or Fs impact student averages?

  • How do you think your students would react to these ideas?

 

 

3. Homework Policy and Practices – 40 Minutes Total

 

Please watch video.

 

Please read Proposed Homework Policy 8440 Essential Elements individually (5 minutes).

Please discuss these questions in your small group (10 minutes):

  • How would implementation of this policy require changes in your professional practice?

  • Would implementation of this policy language address feedback related to homework in the survey?

Please watch video.

 

Please read the article The Case for and Against Homework individually (10 minutes).

Please discuss these questions in your small group (10 minutes):

  • What was new learning for you in this article?

  • What are the most important elements for practitioners to consider when assigning homework, aside from the time it will take students to complete it?

  • Reflecting on your own homework practices, how long is the average student spending on the homework you assign? How do you know this?

 

 

4. Conclusion to professional development on grading and homework – 10 Minutes Total

 

Please watch video.

 

Please complete the Feedback Form as a group (8 minutes):

https://docs.google.com/a/shenschools.org/forms/d/199I_VflBcb4YOZ0-tfT2dwvziQ1bTkXjX0xTxKVi_gk/viewform