Episode 11: Ken O’Connor, The Grade Doctor: Former Teacher and Department Lead, Independent Consultant, Staff Development and Facilitator on Grading, Assessment, and Learning
Our guest for episode 11 is Ken O’Connor.
Ken has been an independent consultant from 1996 to the present. He has been a staff development presenter and facilitator on assessment, grading and reporting in 47 states and 9 Canadian provinces and one territory and 25 countries outside North America. His twenty-three year teaching career included experience as a geography teacher and department head at L’Amoreaux C.I. and Maplewood High School in Scarborough, Ontario (1976-90) and teaching at four other schools in Toronto and Melbourne, Australia (Grade 7-12) starting in 1967. Ken was a Curriculum Coordinator responsible for Student Assessment and Evaluation and Geography for the Scarborough Board of Education (and then the Toronto District School Board) from March 1990 to June 1999.
In this episode we discuss:
- Discussion on traditional vs standard grading
- What are the issues or concerns with traditional grading
- 3 Reasons for Assessment – Diagnostic, Summative, and Formative
- Keys to a Successful Implementation of Standards Based Grading
- Why traditional grading has lasted SO long
- “Only in schools if do we penalize students for not knowing then what they know now” – Tom Schimmer
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