Back to School and Back to Blogging

In the words of The Cars, “Hello, hello again.”

I hope you had a good Summer of 2016. I did. Even though I wrote in my last post that I planned to post here during the summer, it turns out that this didn’t happen.

Turns out that during the summer I wasn’t in a writing mode, but more of a reading mood. You see I really enjoy reading novels, but unfortunately doing this is often one of my lowest priorities during the school year. So I caught up with a vengeance by reading, Lovecraft Country, Underground Airlines, Before the Fall, The Selloutand a couple of David Baldacci books as well (because I heard him speak at the Columbus Library  in June.)

Full classes begin for us on Wednesday, so I’m in full back to school mode and thinking about how and what I’m going to teach this school year. I don’t have a list of new back to school ideas. Instead, please see what I posted this time last year by clicking here, here, here, here and also here. Also, I encourage you to check out what Jared has to share over at his The Religion Teacher site.

So, I’ll wrap this reintroduction up by inviting you to check out the Sunday lectionary gospel which I’ll post before each school week. And I have a new week-daily feature which I’ll be introducing very soon.

May Christ bless you during this school year of 2016-2017!

Use Flubaroo to Auto Grade and Report Student Assessment

I tried Flubaroo for the first time last week and am impressed by this FREE Chrome/Google Sheets add-on. I want to get this post up and out before my Study Hall supervision ends, so I won’t say much about my positive experience with it. I will say – it works – so try it!

There’s an urgency here at my school for a replacement for the auto-scoring and auto-recording tool embedded within our LMS – Buzz. Our former system – BrainHoney got an attractive, generally user-friendlier upgrade over the summer. BUT, the assessment piece, which some colleagues and I used a lot is essentially non-functional now. Hence, this solution.

While Flubaroo, does swift work scoring assessment and you can have it email and/or print results, you do still need to record the grades into your grade book program. And, I discovered this the hard way – most personal Gmail accounts allow only 100 outbound emails a day. So, if you have more than 100 students on a Flubaroo driven assessment, you’ll have to wait to email results to some of them.

So, here’s the link to this helpful post featuring new functionality on Flubaroo and this is the overview video featured at the link: