Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessing & Grading in the Differentiated Classroom / Edition 1

Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessing & Grading in the Differentiated Classroom / Edition 1

by Rick Wormeli
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ISBN-10:
1571104240
ISBN-13:
9781571104243
Pub. Date:
01/01/2006
Publisher:
Stenhouse Publishers
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Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessing & Grading in the Differentiated Classroom 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
maggiesaunt More than 1 year ago
After forty-plus years of teaching, I found this book exciting and challenging. Kids in the classroom are different and Wormeli embraces that reality and offers practical suggestions for teachers to deal with it. Far from suggesting teachers "dumb down" material, he maintains we should keep high standards while realizing that not all students/people learn the same way or at the same speed. His rhetorical questions are thought-provoking: "When did we begin to believe that every kid in our class had to be experts on Act I of Romeo and Juliet at 10:40 on the second Thursday of November?" "What makes us think that the only thing a kid knows about World War II are the answers to the one hundred questions we put on a test?" A friend once said she thought the tests kids are often given "prepare them for Final Jeopardy but not for life", and I agree with her more and more after reading this book. When we are done with MACBETH I want the students to understand the meaning of the play first and then details to support what they assert about the work, not the other way around. Wormeli suggests that understanding is more important than amassing facts but that the latter activity is essential to achieving the former. If I had my way, every teacher in my school district would be assigned this book as "summer reading" and we would spend the next three or four years adapting our classroom techniques to accommodate the varied abilities and learning processes of the kids in front of us.
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LovelyK More than 1 year ago
Trying to make the argument that students should get half (or more) credit for assignments not submitted is contributing the AIGing of our great country. You can put as much lipstick on this pig as you wish, but to advocate mainstream educators reward slackerhood is an outrage! Rick Womeli is a moron.