Peter Dodds

Marinette, WI, United States

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Peter Dodds
Posted almost 4 years ago
Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world
Kevin, I apologize I wasn't more clear. I appreciate Martin for clarifying and pointing out my "weak antecedent." :) I was speaking in terms of the greater issue of having "great minds" (including the Hungarian on a plane) working for Wall Street or the financial system in general. In my opinion, it is disappointing because there are many complex problems in our world that could use their services.
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Peter Dodds
Posted almost 4 years ago
Isn't it time to eliminate grades in education?
Mark, you say that "rubrics, in most cases, are even more subjective than grades." I really have to respectfully disagree. A letter grade has no accountability attached to it... this paper is a "B," you had 10 wrong on the math test so you get a "C". Rubrics on the other hand, at the very least, have some type of justification built into it about why the assessment was graded the way it was.
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Peter Dodds
Posted almost 4 years ago
Isn't it time to eliminate grades in education?
But using performance is an excellent way to provide differentiation! One student's "3" might be another student's "4." And you are write that most standards are poorly written, but there is work being done on them... good work at that. Besides, one of the most effective ways to make the standards better is to "unpack" them yourself (or even better, with those in your department) to develop standards that work for your particular school.
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Peter Dodds
Posted almost 4 years ago
Isn't it time to eliminate grades in education?
There is one thing that is missing in this process. Narrative feedback isn't good enough if there is no performance standards attached to it. Once you have standards (developed amongst the staff that must use those standards--English teachers set their standards, etc....) there will be more consistency in feedback from teacher to teacher and more clarity of what to the student knows or does not know. Just because you don't have a letter grade doesn't mean you are not allowed to perform up to expectations. It is called standards-based grading and has been successful in many schools. It makes grading more objective with the use of performance rubrics and common assessments from one class to another (that way any English teacher could "grade" the same paper and the "score" would be almost exactly the same).
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Peter Dodds
Posted almost 4 years ago
Isn't it time to eliminate grades in education?
I think what you might not be realizing is changing the way teachers give feedback has an enormous effect on the way he or she teaches. Bottomline: changing assessment strategies (I.e. Getting rid of grades) changes the way we teach. And I think everyone can agree that we need to shift the way our students are being taught.
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Peter Dodds
Posted almost 4 years ago
Isn't it time to eliminate grades in education?
I agree that a letter grade is not a indicator of learning. Talk to any college admissions team and you will find an overwhelming number of frustrations about grade inflation. The way many teachers assign letter grades are fraught with flaws... "points" taken off for homework not turned in, a letter grade lost because the paper was a day late, extra-credit for raising your hand and being responsible. What does any of this have to do with a student's understanding of the material? There are much better ways to motivate students, and more importantly increase learning, than assigning a letter grade.
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Peter Dodds
Posted almost 4 years ago
Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world
I found it sad when I heard that he works in the financial markets. Our greatest minds are working on Wall Street or advertising agencies to make a lot of money, as opposed to working in fields where there services could make our world a better place (e.g. Education, health care, green energy, etc.). It is this problem,among all others, that we need to be concerned about.
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Peter Dodds
Posted almost 4 years ago
Why should listening be taught as a skill in school?
I teach a speech class for high school students. We spend almost two weeks talking about and practicing different listening strategies. It is quite easy to start any class using some simple warm up listening activities. The great thing is these activites can be tied into the curriculum you're working on.