ERIC Number: ED497082
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Reference Count: 0
More than Paper Load: What Does All This Student Work Tell Us?
National Middle School Association (NJ1), Middle Ground v9 n3 p12-14 Feb 2006
Educators often overlook the largest body of evidence of student performance: student work. With careful and deliberate examination of various sources of student work, teachers can gather a wealth of information about student achievement and about their own instructional practices. Examining student work is not about grading or scoring papers. It is about looking critically and asking serious questions about what students produce relative to a given task. Examining student work is valuable to: (1) teachers who become invigorated by collegial support; (2) students benefiting as teaching improves and their individual needs are recognized and met; and (3) parents and community members who acknowledge the faculty's ability to establish criteria for standards of learning. Examining student work is a powerful tool for establishing accountability from within and improving student achievement.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Academic Achievement, Student Evaluation, Collegiality, Teaching Skills, Teacher Improvement, Student Needs, Parent School Relationship, Academic Standards, Accountability, Teacher Collaboration, Teamwork, Middle School Teachers, Educational Improvement
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Middle Schools
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