If Not Ed | Hedreich Nichols | Myths of Summative Assessment

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-yk3hf-113f911

In Don’t @ Me (2:11), Tom opens this week by talking about what career he would have chosen had he not gone into education. Then, Tom is joined by author and podcast host Hedreich Nichols (14:14) for a conversation about the anti-racism work and what it means to be a culturally responsive educator.  Finally, in Assessment Corner (1:02:55), Tom deconstructs six myths of summative assessment and what the research actually says about using assessment evidence to verify and report.

 

 

 

What‘s Happened to Us? | Brian Butler | Common Assessments

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-7q988-1138f59

In Don’t @ Me (3:50), Tom opens this week by questioning why we’ve collectively become so brazen and disrespectful towards others. Then, Tom is joined by friend and colleague Brian Butler (16:03) for a conversation about why gifted education should be the floor for all learners if we are to achieve true equity in our schools.  Finally, in Assessment Corner (1:00:35), Tom talks about common assessments not just as an efficient way to increase student achievement, but an effective way to create an authentic collaborative culture amongst educators.

 

 

 

Milestones | Garnet Hillman | Engineering Conversations

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-qccsp-112f52f

In Don’t @ Me (2:41), Tom opens this week with some thoughts about reaching milestones as the podcast hits its 50th episode. Then, Tom is joined by friend, colleague, and co-author Garnet Hillman (12:30) for a conversation about assessment and grading.  Finally, in Assessment Corner (47:36), Tom focuses on engineering classroom conversations as a way to elicit formative assessment evidence.

 

 

 

Congratulations to the 12for12 winner Hiedi Bodnarchuk. You can follow Hiedi on Twitter: @HiediBods

 

 

Machinery of Achievement | Pav Wander | Acceptable Alternatives

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-psubj-112571a

In Don’t @ Me (3:48), Tom opens this week with a reminder that educators have more influence and control over the machinery of student achievement than some might think. Then, Tom is joined by teacher and podcast co-host Pav Wander (17:43) for a conversation about teacher-voice.  Finally, in Assessment Corner (1:00:30), Tom focuses on the importance of acceptable alternatives in assessment and grading reform.

 

 

12for12 Challenge (50th Episode)

(1) Post a picture on Twitter, Instagram (NOT IG story b/c those disappear), or Facebook OR a video on TikTok (yes, the podcast is on TikTok) of what you typically do while listening to the podcast. E.g., Twitter – Something like Hey @TomSchimmerPod, I love listening to the podcast while on my commute to/from work every day OR Hey, @TomSchimmerPod, I love listening to the podcast while I work out or whatever. You have to tag the podcast – Podcast handles. I’ll check you are following the podcast too; that’s a must.

 

(2) Then, you have to get at least 12 people in the next 2 weeks to subscribe to the podcast and post about it. 12 hours of coaching – 12 people. It might sound something like this: I just subscribed to the @TomSchimmerPod. Thanks (tag you – @mybestfriend) for the recommendation! They don’t have to post a pic but that would certainly be cool if they did.

 

 

Risk is Reward | Doug Reeves (Pt. 1) | Targeted Feedback

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-543h6-1111217

In Don’t @ Me (2:16), Tom opens with an assertion that risk-taking itself can and should be the reward (as opposed to playing the results and deciding in retrospect). Then, Tom is joined by Doug Reeves (12:47) in part one of their two-part conversation; this week centers on how creativity and innovation can become more of a driving force in a 21st century, K-12 education. Finally, in Assessment Corner (39:53), Tom highlights a handbook chapter by Gordon Stobart that focuses on why it’s critical to tailor our feedback to where learners are along their learning continuums.

 

 

The Cambridge Handbook of Instructional Feedback

 

Fear of Regret | Tina Boogren | Method vs Format

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-f7uie-1108381

In Don’t @ Me (1:42), Tom opens with a personal story that illustrates how the fear of regret can be a driver of success in our lives. Then, Tom is joined by Tina Boogren (19:08) to discuss the importance of self-care for educators and why focusing on ourselves is not selfish, but necessary for us to be at our best for students. Finally, in Assessment Corner (51:33), Tom talks briefly about whether teachers should intentionally use a variety of assessment methods?

 

 

 

Shine Bright | Luis Cruz | Don‘t Overthink It

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-g8ebh-10fed79

In Don’t @ Me (2:46), Tom opens with a quick story from last week about how the small things in life – even if they are manufactured – can make a big difference in how we are feeling. Then, Tom is joined by friend and colleague Luis Cruz (11:19) to explore what it means to fulfill society’s new, more modern definition of ALL, as in all-means-all. Finally, in Assessment Corner (58:48), Tom talks briefly about rubrics and criteria. Not so much about the content and structure but about the creation of rubrics themselves and why we have to stop overthinking them.

 

 

 

Disproving the Theory | Phyllis Fagell | The Allure of Quick

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-2t2mi-10f1603

In Don’t @ Me (1:36), Tom opens with a rant about student accountability and how so many, on a daily basis, disprove the theories they assert. Then, Tom is joined by LCPC, psychotherapist, and author Phyllis Fagell (12:57) for a discussion about the teacher-family dynamic and the uniqueness of middle-level learners. Finally, in Assessment Corner (45:07), Tom addresses a particular mindset around assessment that seems to be fairly pervasive but is one we need to be cautious of.

 

 

Second Opinions | Cathy Vatterott | Peer Assessment

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-r57h2-10ec447

In Don’t @ Me (1:54), Tom opens with an assertion that educators should seek “second opinions” about the degree to which students have met learning goals. Then, Tom is joined by author, speaker, and expert Dr. Cathy Vatterott (15:23) for a discussion about homework and the larger issue of student stress and anxiety. Finally, in Assessment Corner (52:59), Tom focuses on peer assessment and the many iterations and potential outcomes of this powerful, yet often under-utilized practice.

 

 

Present as Epilogue | Rachel Carrillo Fairchild | No Point-Fives

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-yjccp-10e3bd9

In Don’t @ Me (1:48), Tom shares a daily habit that has contributed to both his personal and professional success. Then, Tom is joined by author, speaker, and expert Rachel Carrillo Fairchild (10:29) for a discussion on how we effectively and efficiently support Multilingual Learners. Finally, in Assessment Corner (56:36), Tom focuses on why we should not include point-fives (.5) in our grading scales.