#55 Throwing Out Grades with Mark Barnes

Mark Barnes — educator, author, speaker

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Internationally-recognized speaker and education writer Mark Barnes is the author of Role Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in the Student-Centered Classroom, named a 2013 Best Professional Book by Teacher Librarian Magazine,The 5-Minute Teacher (ASCD, 2013), Teaching the iStudent (Corwin, 2014), 5 Skills for the Global Learner and Assessment 3.0 (Corwin, 2015). Mark presents keynotes and seminars worldwide on his Results Only Learning Environment, feedback for learning and web-based instruction. @markbarnes19 is regarded as one of education’s most influential content curators on Twitter, and his Brilliant or Insane blog has more than 60,000 monthly readers.

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In this episode you will learn:

  • How Mark changed his teaching over time to make his class student centered
  • Information about his new book, Assessment 3.0, which talks about how teachers can change their grading practice.
  • Why the traditional method of assessing was not working and how Mark upended his approach to grades
  • What teacher can do to break the cycle of failure
  • How the feedback model can increase student retention
  • The Facebook group, Teachers Throwing Out Grades
  • What multiple-choice based assessments must do to continue the conversation about learning
  • a digital tool that Mark recommends, Socrative, which teachers can set up to create quick, multiple-choice questions and get instant feedback
  • How to navigate your school’s technology policy
  • The responsibility to keep your students safe
  • The beauty and excitement of a-ha moments
  •  Why everyone should read Drive by Daniel Pink
  • How to use social media for your teaching benefit
  • How to talk to your students rather than at them
  • Why EdCamp is a great way to do professional development on the cheap