4 min5 Steps Towards Implementing Standards-Based Portfolios in Your ClassroomWhen I was working on my masters degree in English Education, I had an amazing professor who encouraged us to create more meaningful, research based assessments of our students' learning. I was a second year teacher at the time, and I knew that I had to change the way I assessed my students' learning. When the standards shifted to the Common Core, my students' portfolio work shifted with it. The steps below were developed as I worked to shift to the Common Core (now Next Gene

4 minFour Guidelines for Making Final Assessments MeaningfulStandards-based learning has transformed my classroom in many ways. This transformation is never more evident than final exam season. While many teachers still require their students to sit and take final exams in rows upon rows of desks in a silent gymnasium, my students' final assessment no longer looks anything like that. In fact, it is the polar opposite. As my students work on their final assessments, my classroom fills with discussion of learning, standards, and growt

5 minStandards Based Grading for Independent ReadingTwo years ago I changed my grading practices from the traditional 0-100 scale model to Standards Based Grading (SBG). Making this change forced me to reevaluate how I measured my students' independent reading skills. Standards Based Grading finally gave me the perfect balance between encouraging a love of literature through independent reading and using independent reading as a tool for building literacy skills. The first step in switching over to SBG was asking myself, wha