In 2013, Sarah completely overhauled her grading practices by switching from traditional, old-school grading to standards-based instruction and assessment. Prior to making the switch, her students’ grades were based on whether or not they changed their clothes for class and participated in every activity. Now, when everything’s going according to plan, her lessons are tied to clear learning goals and objectives, and her students’ grades are based on what they know, understand, and can do.
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” -Carl Jung Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on Friday, August 25, 2017, as a category 4 storm with winds of 130 mph. For the next several days the storm pounded the Texas coast and dropped an estimated 11 trillion tons of water on Texas. The result, according to AccuWeather.com, was about 51 inches of rain in some places, fifty-eight counties have been declared disaster areas, there have been at least 3,400 water rescues, 30,000 people are displaced,… Read More
It hit me like a ton of bricks. I could no longer afford to keep teaching at my current school. I knew that on July 1st my rent was going to increase. I did not have enough money saved to buy a home yet and after eleven years of teaching, I was unhappy with my salary. I had started teaching in my former school system in 2006 and was preparing to go into year twelve on salary step number eight. I was frustrated. “Ms. Tucker, you’re not going anywhere” my colleague said… Read More