What if, in the world of education, grades did not exist? This week’s guest, Starr Sackstein, shares how she removed grades from her classroom, focused on critical feedback to her students, and incorporated social emotional and equity components to the assessment process. In this episode, we discuss: Systems of evidence masteryChanging the way we assessThe stigma that is attached to gradesAnd Starr’s new book, Assessing with Respect: Everyday Practices That Meet Students' Social and Emotional Needs About Starr Sackstein: Starr Sackstein is a recovering perfectionist who is an assessment reforming enthusiast. Currently, she works with teacher teams to engage students in the learning process, advocate for personal growth, and effectively use student data to drive instruction with the Core Collaborative. She also works as publisher for Mimi & Todd Press. In her past lives, she was a high school English and journalism teacher, a lead Humanities learner, and social media manager. Additionally, Starr is an author, blogger, and speaker committed to changing the way we do assessment nationally and globally. Her most recent book is called Assessing with Respect: Everyday Practices that Meet Students’ Social and Emotional Needs with ASCD. When Starr isn't evangelizing about grading reform, she is the wife to Charlie, mindfulness mountain biker extraordinaire, and mother to Logan, a high school student, and gamer and Huxley the cat, an aging Abyssinean. Follow Starr Sackstein Website: www.mssackstein.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/mssackstein (@MsSackstein)Instagram: Starr53177Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MsSacksteinLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/starrsackstein/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/StarrSackstein https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1416629971/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1416629971&linkCode=as2&tag=aspirewebsite-20&linkId=d2a943ca1f876217fdaf31142cb05103 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0986104914/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0986104914&linkCode=as2&tag=aspirewebsite-20&linkId=8d0b414a5b78a62ce822c5091220e4d5 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/194959520X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=194959520X&linkCode=as2&tag=aspirewebsite-20&linkId=8b15744dc84209821e65621bf29d5f47 Are you a superfan of the Aspire podcast? Well, now you can show off your support with the new Aspire swag, featuring tee shirts, hoodies and a variety of drinkware. You can find all your Aspire Swag at www.teachbetter.com/swag [caption id="attachment_3247" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Aspire Swag, Teach Better Team, Aspire: The Leadership Development Podcast[/caption] Use Discount Code: ASPIRE for 25% OFF Tee-Shirts, Hoodies, and Drinkware: ASPIRE: The Leadership Development Podcast This post contains affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, The Aspire Podcast gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. Need a Presenter for a conference or school PD? [caption id="attachment_3378" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Joshua Stamper, Teach Better[/caption] Contact Joshua Stamper for presentations on Restorative Practices, Leadership Development, and Innovative campus systems. [caption id="attachment_2597" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Joshua Stamper, Teach Better Speaking Network[/caption] Watch my session on Trauma Informed, restorative and social emotional practices at www.teachsummit.com/stamper Follow the Host, Joshua Stamper: Contact: https://joshstamper.com/contact/Twitter: www.twitter.com/Joshua__StamperInstagram: www.instagram.com/joshua__stamperLinkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/joshua-stamperFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/AspirePodcastSubscribe: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/aspire-the-leadership-development-podcast/id1384210762?mt=2 Review the Podcast The ranking of this show is 100% tied to subscriptions and reviews. You can help me reach more school leaders by subscribing to the show and leaving an honest rating and review on your favorite podcast platform. [caption id="attachment_3022" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Teach Better Podcast Network, Aspire: The Leadership Development Podcast[/caption]
Assessment is part of what teachers have to do in school. Although it is required, we teachers can make sure we assess with respect. Today's guest, Starr Sackstein, author of Assessing with Respect: Everyday Practices That Meet Students' Social and Emotional Needs, shares an overview of what is needed so that every student feels respected even as they are given the necessary feedback to improve and level up their learning. https://www.coolcatteacher.com/e739 Starr Sackstein - Bio As Submitted Over 16 years ago, Starr Sackstein started her teaching career in Far Rockaway High School, eager to make a difference. Quickly learning to connect with students and develop rapport, she was able to recognize the most important part of teaching, relationships. Fostering relationships with students and peers, to encourage community growth and a deeper understanding of personal contribution through reflection, Sackstein has continued to elevate her students by putting them at the center of the learning. Starr Sackstein currently works at Long Island City High School as a Teacher Center Teacher and ELA teacher. She spent nine years at World Journalism Preparatory School in Flushing, NY as a high school English and Journalism teacher where her students run a multi-media news outlet at WJPSnews.com. In 2011, the Dow Jones News Fund honored Sackstein as a Special Recognition Adviser and 2012 Education Updated recognized her as an outstanding educator. Currently Sackstein has thrown out grades, teaching students that learning isn’t about numbers, but about the development of skills and ability to articulate that growth. In 2012, Sackstein tackled National Board Certification in an effort to reflect on her practice and grow as an educational English facilitator. After a year of closely looking at the her work with students, she achieved the honor. She is also a certified Master Journalism Educator through the Journalism Education Association (JEA). Sackstein also serves at the New York State Director to JEA to help serve advisers in New York better grow journalism programs. Author of Teaching Mythology Exposed: Helping Teachers Create Visionary Classroom Perspective, Blogging for Educators, Teaching Students to Self Assess: How do I help Students grow as learners?, The Power of Questioning: Opening up the World of Student Inquiry, Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless in a Traditional Grades School, Hacking Homework: 10 Strategies that Inspire Learning Outside the Classroom and most recently Peer Feedback in the Classroom: Empowering Students to be the Experts. (You can find all of the books here: https://amzn.to/3vPs9go) Sackstein co-moderates #sunchat as well as contributes to #NYedChat. She has made the Bammy Awards finals for Secondary High School Educator in 2014 and for blogging in 2015. In speaking engagements, Sackstein speaks about blogging, journalism education, throwing out grades and BYOD, helping people see technology doesn’t have to be feared. Most recently, Sackstein was named one of ASCD’s Emerging leaders class of 2016, in addition to presenting a TedxTalk about throwing out grades. Balancing a busy career of writing and teaching with being the mom to 10-year-old Logan is a challenging adventure. Seeing the world through his eyes reminds her why education needs to change for every child. Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org @MsSackstein on Twitter Starr Sackstein, MJE Facebook Fan page Disclosure of Material Connection: This episode includes some affiliate links. This means that if you choose to buy I will be paid a commission on the affiliate program. However, this is at no additional cost to you. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.
Assessing with Respect - A Convo with Starr Sackstein - The #InnovatorsMindset #Podcast S2 - Ep 17
The Innovator's Mindset (The Podcast)
This episode of The Innovator’s Mindset with Starr Sackstein has a little bit of everything - education, writing, basketball shoes, Pokemon GO, going gradeless...the topics and conversation throughout this episode are incredibly empowering and relevant! Throughout this podcast, you can feel Sackstein’s passion for education and learning! Couros also asks Sackstein about her new book, Assessing With Respect: Everyday Practices That Meet Students’ Social and Emotional Needs. During this conversation, Couros reflects on his personal story about how grades impacted him as a learner and Sackstein shares her knowledge about going gradeless. See all this and more - including Sackstein’s priceless reaction to spelling tests!Timecodes:45:41 Hear Sackstein talk about her new book, Assessing With Respect: Everyday Practices That Meet Students’ Social and Emotional Needs48:24 What is co-constructing curriculumLinks:Starr Sackstein Publications - https://www.mssackstein.com/publicationsTexting Improving Literacy George Couros Blog - https://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/2190 Simply May Sackstein’s lesser-known fiction publication- https://www.amazon.com/Simply-May-Starr-Sackstein/dp/0557132754/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1548016628&sr=8-11&keywords=starr+sackstein&linkCode=sl1&tag=starrsacks-20&linkId=faa25f4c6188691bbba723e2f48e7038&language=en_US Please share your thoughts with us on Twitter or Instagram at #InnovatorsMindset. More at georgecouros.ca George Couros on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gcouros George Couros on Instagram: https://instagram.com/gcouros George Couros on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/georgecourosauthor/ George Couros on LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/george-couros-a5146519 For the full audio podcast: https://linktr.ee/gcouros The Innovator's Mindset:https://www.amazon.com/Innovators-Mindset-Empower-Learning-Creativity/dp/0986155497/ref=zg_bs_69830_7?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=ARY8KZTA242NVFMHF9X0 Innovate Inside the Box: https://www.amazon.com/Innovate-Inside-Box-Empowering-Innovators/dp/1948334127/ref=zg_bs_69830_12?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=75E0ZS6R2J330FAM9Y0AMusic from Bensound - http://bensound.com/
3 Questions on Educators that Inspire with Starr Sackstein - The #InnovatorsMindset Podcast
The Innovator's Mindset (The Podcast)
George Couros and Starr Sackstein have a powerful conversation about the following questions: Who is a teacher that has inspired you and why?Who is an administrator that has inspired you and why? What advice would you give your first-year teacher self? Hear more about these questions and how Sackstein describes herself as a “bopping Grateful Dead” fan! Quotes:"Be gentle with yourself.""Not knowing answers...has left space for the kids to be able to say 'I know how to find out the answer to that...' [It] creates a synergy."Please share your thoughts with us on Twitter or Instagram at #InnovatorsMindset. More at georgecouros.ca George Couros on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gcouros George Couros on Instagram: https://instagram.com/gcouros George Couros on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/georgecourosauthor/ George Couros on LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/george-couros-a5146519 For the full audio podcast: https://linktr.ee/gcouros The Innovator's Mindset:https://www.amazon.com/Innovators-Mindset-Empower-Learning-Creativity/dp/0986155497/ref=zg_bs_69830_7?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=ARY8KZTA242NVFMHF9X0 Innovate Inside the Box: https://www.amazon.com/Innovate-Inside-Box-Empowering-Innovators/dp/1948334127/ref=zg_bs_69830_12?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=75E0ZS6R2J330FAM9Y0AMusic from Bensound - http://bensound.com/
Starr Sackstein: How to Go Gradeless and Assess Better
Prolific author and passionate educator, Starr Sackstein, is my guest again, this time for a great conversation about why and how to go gradeless and move beyond tests and quizzes for better assessments. After our chat, Starr plays another awesome round of The 5-Minute Game Show. Don’t miss the special code I give out just to listener’s to save 20% on my Lenses of Questioning course. See below for more information. Special thanks to Starr Sacktein and my fauxmercial helpers, Ami Korn, Naphtali Bookstein, Tuvia Frankel and Yossie Frankel. Resources and links: Batsheva’s blog post 10 Amazing Assessment Ideas on the Ditch That Textbook website. Starr’s Books: Teaching Mythology Exposed: Helping Teachers Create Visionary Classroom Perspective Blogging for Educators Teaching Students to Self-Assess: How Do I Help Students Grow as Learners? The Power of Questioning: Opening Up the World of Student Inquiry Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless in a Traditional Grades School Hacking Homework: 10 Strategies That Inspire Learning Outside of the Classroom co-written with Connie Hamilton. Peer Feedback in the Classroom: Empower Students to be the Experts with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). From Teacher to Leader: Finding Your Way as a First-Time Leader without Losing Your Mind in 2019 (DBC). Hacking Learning Centers in Grades 6-12: Teaching Choice and Providing Small Group Learning Opportunities in Content Rich Classes with Karen Terwilliger Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead)
Starr Sackstein: Connecting Students to Their Curiosity
Prolific author and passionate educator Starr Sackstein is my guest for a great conversation about the power of questions and the importance of cultivating students’ curiosity. We had so much to talk about that I have a second episode with Starr about better assessments and going gradeless on my next episode. She also slayed the super hero-themed The 5-Minute Game Show at the end of our discussion. On this episode, I also debut my new course, Lenses of Questioning, an approach I created to help students ask a wider variety of kind of question, and it helps teachers, too. In my course you’ll learn lots of activities and games you can do with your students to help them develop their analytical and critical thinking skills. Listen to this episode to get the discount code for the course. For more information, go to NewLensEd.com or write to me at Batsheva@newlensed.com My special thanks to Starr Sackstein and to the voice over talent that helped me with my Lenses of Questioning not-so-fauxmercial, Shane Lawrence, from The Ed Podcast, and Yossie and Tuvia Frankel from my family.
Allure of Labels | Starr Sackstein | Multiple-Choice
The Tom Schimmer Podcast
In Don't @ Me (1:34) Tom shares his thoughts on why (now more than ever) people use labels to undercut the credibility of those with whom they disagree. Then, Tom is joined by Starr Sackstein (10:48) to discuss her assessment journey and her quest to go "gradeless." Finally, in Assessment Corner (1:05:24), Tom explores when multiple-choice is an appropriate assessment method and how to develop a quality multiple-choice item. Follow Starr Sackstein on Twitter: @mssackstein Starr Sackstein website: www.mssackstein.com Email the Podcast: email@example.com Follow the Podcast on Twitter: @TomSchimmerPod Follow Tom on Twitter: @TomSchimmer Instagram: tomschimmerpodcast Facebook: Schimmer Education
Starr Sackstein Discusses Going Gradeless (and so much more) on this Episode of FocusED
FocusED: An educational leadership podcast that uncovers what is working in our schools.
This is Season 1, Episode 3 of FocusED, and it features guest, Starr Sackstein. It was originally recorded live for a studio audience in Delaware, and you can’t miss Starr's personal story about going gradeless along with everything else she says about leading in schools. If you hang long enough after the outro, you'll get even more from the Q/A she did with our audience. We can't wait to hear from you.---------------------------------------------------------Thanks for listening to FocusED, an educational leadership podcast brought to you by TheSchoolHouse302 @ theschoolhouse302.com.FocusED is your educational leadership podcast where our mission is to dissect a particular focus for teachers and school leaders so that you can learn to lead better and grow faster in your school or district with more knowledge, better understanding, and clear direction on what to do next.
#20 Going Gradeless in the Traditional Classroom with Starr Sackstein (以實質的學習回饋取代傳統分數)
Compass Teachers - 司南老師
This episode is all about hacking assessments. If you have been thinking about changing assessment but don’t know how to do it, I hope in this episode, you can get some practical actions to take. If you have never thought about changing it, this episode will give you a different insight. Today we are excited to have Starr Sackstein to share with her amazing hacks for transforming this paradigm. Starr Sackstein has been an educator since 2001 and left her role as the director of humanities in the West Hempstead Union Free School District to become a full-time consultant with the Core Collaborative. Starr was named an ASCD "Emerging Leader" class of 2016 and gave a TEDx Talk called "A Recovering Perfectionist's Journey to Give Up Grades." She has authored many books for teachers. For example , Teaching Students to Self-Assess, Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless in a Traditional Grades School, Peer Feedback in the Classroom and the list goes on. Starr has traveled the world sharing ideas about assessment reform in Dubai and South Korea and is hoping to continue changing the system for kids everywhere.Please visit our website for more show notes: ( https://compassteacher.com/ )ReflectionsHave you been frustrated with the struggles to give meaningful feedback?How confident are you with your understanding of every student's learning progress?What can you do tomorrowGuide your students with reflections after an assessment which can help you understand if the assessment is helpful. Few steps to take:Ask students what they think the assessment is asking them to do?Ask students what steps they took to complete it? How they overcame the struggles?Students find the evidence to support the standards they achieved.Students grade themselves by evidenceReflect what they would do differently next time.Song Tracks CreditsOpening & Ending: Inspiration written by Rafael Krux. Positive, uplifting and inspiring track suitable for commercials and advertising.The breaks in the middleDancing in the Isles by Sonny LauderdaleSunny Sunday Swing by Jonathan Boyle“Compass teachers” is to share educators around the world with teaching tactics, education research or helpful tools. Amazing ideas to experiment in the classroom.歡迎來到司南老師頻道。我們的任務是去訪談來自各地的老師，汲取他們實用的教學技巧，工具或是教育研究。希望這頻道能提供一些想法讓您可以落實在教學中 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Starr Sackstein is an education writer, speaker, and consultant based out of New York. She has written widely on educational theory and practice in books and articles for publications like EdWeek. She is also a widely sought-after education consultant who has trained teachers from across the United States. Please tune in to our next episode, where Starr and I will discuss the teachers of Harry Potter! Episode Links Starr Sackstein Website: https://www.mssackstein.com Twitter - @mssackstein TEDx Talk – A Recovering Perfectionist’s Journey to Give Up Grades: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_61kL5jeKqM Starr’s Work in Progress Blog at EdWeek: https://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/work_in_progress/ Article - Five Minutes Until Show Time, and I'd Like to Throw Up:https://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/work_in_progress/2019/07/five_minutes_until_show_time_and.html Book – Hacking Assessment: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019AJPLVE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=hacking%20assessment&qid=1451911856&ref_=sr_1_1&s=books&sr=1-1&linkCode=sl1&tag=cultofpeda-20&linkId=af7031d84f95577c438aaa0b6488e7b2 Ken O’Connor Books: https://www.oconnorgrading.com/publications