Niskayuna board remembers teacher

Part of the meeting was devoted to a kind of educators book club that the district does every year. Board members discussed some chapters in this year's selection, "Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design."

"Every year the administration and faculty pick a book to read and go through it in parts to discuss in the meetings," Hudson said.

The two chapters discussed dealt with teaching tactics and grading. The debate on grading saw members landing on very different sides of the issues brought up.

Terry Weiner, a teacher in the district, saw the book's premise as frivolous, citing the idea that a "0" for work not done isn't a true evaluation of something learned, but a punishment for effort, or lack thereof.

"It's just looking for validation, any way to say 'good job'," he said. "Sometimes that's just not needed."

Others looked more for a way to combine the ideas of a constant assessment of effort and grading at the end of a marking period.

The next board meeting will be on Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. in the District Office at 1239 Van Antwerp Road in Niskayuna. ""

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