Google Forms + autoCrat = Educational Gold

 In the past few years I have been searching for ways to incorporate technology, assess more, and provide more personalized feedback for my students.  It has been quite the process, but it has helped advance my teaching in many ways.  Google Forms have allowed me to assess more.  If you are unfamiliar with Google Forms, then read two of my other blog posts about them 10 steps to creating Google Forms, and 14 Ways to use Google Forms for Health and Physical Education. Google Forms + autocrat has given me the opportunity… Read More

Defining the Instructional Core in #PhysEd

The last several weeks have been quite the whirlwind for me as a physical education professional.  There are so many new exciting projects and initiatives that seem to be launching, I can barely keep track.  I just finished attending my first SHAPE National Conference and Expo and had the opportunity to put a face to many of the professionals I have connected with digitally. Something that was a recurring theme for me at #SHAPESeattle was the increase in Physical Education content, curriculum, and lesson plans that are available online for us as… Read More

Standards-Based Grading: Preparing Our Students for the “Real World”?

About two months ago, my husband brought home his annual review (or employee evaluation) from work. I glanced over it and when I got to page three, I was shocked to find out his employer uses a standards-based assessment system to evaluate its employees. I ran into the kitchen and exclaimed, “Wait! This is standards-based! This is standards-based grading! This is how I assess my students! Do other companies use this?” My husband said, “Uh, yeah, this is how every company I’ve worked for evaluates employees.” It is? Corporate America uses standards-based grading… Read More