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  • Feedback on Student Writing: The Proverbial Chicken

    Feedback on Student Writing: The Proverbial Chicken

    Needless to say, which came first is impossible to answer, so we’ll arbitrarily claim it was the chicken. Otherwise, how did the egg get laid? Of course, this begs the question on the arrival of the chicken, but we’ll leave that to the dinosaur experts. Given this chicken sitting in my classroom, let’s get started. […]

  • Revisions for Student Writing: The Proverbial Egg

    Revisions for Student Writing: The Proverbial Egg

    In an earlier blog, we reviewed the chicken and egg dilemma: Which came first, with the argument presented that it was the chicken. Well, here’s the egg. Once feedback is provided, the obvious expectation is what to do with it. Presumably, students would take the feedback and make revisions. This model, often referred to as […]

  • Effectively Reporting Outcomes: Lessons from Mona Chalabi

    Effectively Reporting Outcomes: Lessons from Mona Chalabi

    In this goofy TED Talk (https://www.ted.com/speakers/mona_chalabi), Mona Chalabi focuses on finding and questioning the data used to make informed decision. Like a person adrift at sea, surrounded by water and yet perishing for lack of (fresh) water, teachers and administrators are being swamped by data and yet almost frozen in making decisions. The three significant […]

  • Expectations and Prompts: Hans the Clever Horse

    Expectations and Prompts: Hans the Clever Horse

    Although this story is well known and has led to significant advancements in the design of experimental research studies, most of this effect has been categorized as deleterious, leading to the use of double blind studies and the control of various forms of bias (e.g. observer-expectancy effects). But if this story is taken in a […]

  • Accommodating Students: Individual Differences or Individual Difference

    Accommodating Students: Individual Differences or Individual Difference

    Stan Deno used this title in a journal article a number of years ago*. He was arguing that often, particularly in special education, the focus is on individual differences in which a process is started (in a referral) that relies on tests to show deficits and then affix labels (e.g., learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, etc.). […]

  • Using Writing Genre to Have an Impact: More than a Noun

    Using Writing Genre to Have an Impact: More than a Noun

    Alex Trebeck had died on Sunday November 8, 2020 in his home in Los Angeles. As the host of Jeopardy for decades, he became an icon by filming over 8,000 episodes of Jeopardy. The game is founded on giving an answer and then the contestant responding with a question. So, in tribute to Alex, here […]