First of all, I am proud of things that have not changed in my teaching. After 35 years working with PreK-16 students, I recently discovered a journal that I wrote during my first year of teaching. In it I recorded the basics used in work with my group of kindergarteners. Those basics included strategies that would later be promoted as Reading Recovery, hands-on mathematics, and community-building initiatives. Re-reading the journal made me feel that those of us who are “born to be teachers” have a natural instinct for good teaching and learning practices. Secondly, I must admit that much has changed in my teaching, as well it should if one is a reflective practitioner. The greatest area of change is in assessment. Today, because so much of formalized testing is not authentic and real-world focused, what I create must be.
Belinda L. Eggen, University of South Carolina, Columbia
35 years teaching
2007 CEE Britton Award winner Maja Wilson talks about her winning book Rethinking Rubrics in Writing Assessment.
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Online: Ten Steps to Designing Writing Assignments Web Seminar presented by Traci Gardner, author of Ten Steps to Designing Writing Assignments Web Seminar.