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Are letter grades here to stay? For 200 years, teachers have been using letter grades as the primary method for recording student progress in the classroom. But how and why is it that grades came to occupy such an important position in the lives of educators and students? To find out, it’s worth digging deeper [...]
Increasing Parent Engagement with FreshGrade Next and offering resources for parents
We are pleased to announce some very exciting updates coming soon to FreshGrade. These updates include easy workflows, an improved gradebook, new parent and student functionality, and so much more! We asked teacher Kathy Rogers what excites her most about the Next Generation of FreshGrade and this is what she said: We know that students [...]
Freshgrade's blogpost on how students are the best sources of Information about student learning.
Article written by: Kathy Cote’ Rogers, and her 7th + 8th grade students Ava, Hayden, and Raven.  As a teacher, I have designed numerous formative and summative assessments attempting to measure student learning. I have spent countless hours creating, compiling, disaggregating and analyzing test scores and achievement data in order to glean information that would [...]
FreshGrade's Blog about Boosting Parent Engagement with Digital Portfolios
Teachers have long understood how parental engagement helps students perform better in school. At the same time, families are often hungry for information about what is happening in their child’s classroom. But even as schools work hard to encourage parent engagement, families have continued to feel disconnected from their child’s educational experience. Schools are turning [...]
FreshGrade's Blog: Assessment For Learning
Article written by: Damian Cooper In this blog post, we shall examine how Jackie Clark, a grade 3 teacher, combines her deep understanding of assessment for learning with her use of instructional technology to improve the reading skills of her students.  I strongly encourage you to view the webinar, "Assessment for Learning: Classroom Strategies to Improve Learning [...]
FreshGrade's Blog: How to Choose A Digital Portfolio for your classroom
Article written by: Gerard Dawson The options for teachers and school leaders when it comes to digital portfolios have advanced significantly over the last few years. To make the right choice, it’s important to understand exactly what you’ll need to do with the digital portfolio tool, and what your educational goals are for using digital [...]
FreshGrade's Blog: How to Make Learning Visible in your Classroom
Article written by: Cari Wilson How can you make learning visible in your classroom? John Hattie's book 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning: Teaching for Success lays out clearly how you can make learning in your Classroom visible. John Hattie's 10 Mindframes: I am an evaluator of my impact on student learning I see assessment as [...]
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Author: Gerard Dawson, English & Journalism Teacher, Hightstown High School, New Jersey   Teaching students to self-reflect is important. It’s also challenging, especially if you’ve never fully realized the benefits of self-reflection for yourself. I always thought reflection was just an “add-on” or “bonus” activity that teachers asked me to do in school. It wasn’t […]

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A growth mindset as defined by Carol S. Dweck “is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts, your strategies, and help from others.” So, what is the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset? In a fixed mindset, it is believed that you have […]

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As we start a new year we reflect on all the successes, challenges, and happy times from the previous year. We set goals, make plans, and get ready to start the new year fresh and excited for all that is to come. We love hearing from our FreshGrade Champions and what they are excited about. […]

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