September 25th, 2016

Assessment in the classroom is one of the more prickly tasks new educators face. It is something educators have given a lot of thought about, myself included, and it’s a topic I have been thinking and writing about for the past few years. I started this blog in the summer of 2016 partly as a place to express these and other ideas about design, education and web development. Continue reading this article »


August 8th, 2016

Real Deadlines

“In the real world…” is frequently heard at the start of a college instructor’s tirade, but students are not in the real world, they are in school. Yes, there are times when it is a good idea to simulate a real working environment, but too often, this statement is simply used as an opportunity for teachers to complain about students’ shortcomings. Continue reading this article »


August 1st, 2016

Watch for Students Gaming the System

The system I have described in my previous posts on this subject works well for most students, most of the time. However, it comes with some gotchas to watch out for. Continue reading this article »


July 25th, 2016

Micro and Macro Approaches

Finally, we get to the heart of my assessment system. You can look at one assignment and use a quantitative rubric (micro), but you can also pull the lens back and look at all the assignments for the course together as one big quantitative rubric (macro). Continue reading this article »


July 18th, 2016

Evaluation Tools

There are many tools at our disposal, and it is not my intention to describe them all in detail. Instead, in this post, we will check out a few specific tools I have found useful and the ways I use them. I hope other educators will think of ways of taking these tools and adapting them for their learning environments, and I am sure all of us can imagine other ways of using them. Continue reading this article »


July 11th, 2016

The 3 Fs of Assessment

Fs are usually bad in assessment, but these are good Fs. The three Fs are Fast, Frequent and Fair. This encapsulates the cornerstone of my assessment system. I do my best to provide frequent opportunities to check on student progress, and carefully choose easy to identify indicators of success that can be assessed quickly. Continue reading this article »


July 4th, 2016

Assessing student work, i.e. “grading”, remains one of the toughest aspects to get right as a teacher. This is part 1 in a series of posts, the purpose of which, is to explain my system for assessment in the classroom. Continue reading this article »



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