Every year I ask my middle school students to complete a comprehensive survey to finish out the year. “It’s anonymous,” I explain to them, “because I want your honest opinions.” Yes, this means I am forced to filter out spam from those who take advantage of the anonymity to give meaningless and sometimes inappropriate answers. But, I also make it clear that the results are public so that students know that I will take their feedback seriously. Just in case I haven’t made it clear to them over the previous 180 days of conversations, I hope that this method reveals…

Paul Cancellieri

Science teacher and author who is passionate about grading, assessment, and feedback

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