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How I Took the Dread Out of Grading – and Replaced It with Fun

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Andrew Larson, a high school teacher in Indiana, writes that the state’s transition to Project Based Learning – focusing more on instilling conceptual understanding – has created “a new zeal for my work.” Instruction puts more emphasis on “authentic problems that do not already have well-defined solutions,” which makes teachers more like coaches than lecturers. The shift also underscores the importance of quality instruction, assessment tools and support for educators, Larson notes. “The result is that assessment now resembles something of a scavenger hunt. It’s actually kind of fun.”

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