assessment Archives - Mary Kienstra

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Two Words: Small Group

By: Mary Kienstra on: December 31, 2016  in: assessment, differentiation, Engagement, feedback

So many teaching strategies come and go.  There’s always a new idea or the latest gimmick to engage kids in learning.  We have endless lists of buzz words and terms that describe various aspects of teaching and learning.  Of all the strategies I’ve employed, the one that engages my students the most consistently is two words: […] Read more



Let’s Talk About Grading

Standards Based Grading: What About the Kids?

By: Mary Kienstra on: August 30, 2015  in: #tlap, assessment

We are in for a huge upheaval in my elementary school this year as we are changing our report cards.  We’re moving from the traditional grades that we have used forever to standards based grading.  To say that teachers are freaking out would be a huge understatement, but I’m excited!  I say it’s about time that […] Read more