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The idea of “going gradeless” in today's traditional schools is a new concept to parents but one that will ensure their children learn instead of simply learning for the sake of passing a test. My guest is Deanna Lough who has taught for the better part of two decades, at both middle and high school levels.

Going Gradeless: How to Show Evidence of Learning without Ranking and Sorting Students

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Read the latest articles written by Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed. and reThink ELA contributors.

Formative assessment strategies are key components of effective teaching and learning in any subject, but especially English Language Arts (ELA). If you've

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As I’ve reflected on the lessons of this past year and my journey as an educator overall, it’s occurred to me that

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Reflection and word of the year for 2022 List Element List Element Word of the year 2022: Reinvent 2015: Achieve 

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ChatGPT is only three weeks old and I’m already seeing teachers posting on Facebook or Twitter about turning students in for plagiarizing

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If you've ever asked middle or high school students to write essays, chances are you received several papers that felt like paragraphs

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