Genius Hour Roundtable

Most teachers who go gradeless begin to realize the increased importance of intrinsic motivation. Without the continual spur of testing and grading to drive students onward, we feel the need to foster spaces of student agency and purpose. But how can we help students rekindle a sense of curiosity and wonder, especially when they may … Continue reading Genius Hour Roundtable

Equity in the Gradeless Classroom Roundtable

Does going gradeless automatically guarantee an equitable classroom? Could gradelessness produce inequitable outcomes? Can privilege, bias, and oppression still find its way into my teaching practice, regardless of my best intentions? I, for one, am thankful to have had gradeless educators pushing my thinking about these questions, helping me move from naive optimism to a … Continue reading Equity in the Gradeless Classroom Roundtable

What’s Wrong with Extra Credit?

Sifting through the #extracredit hashtag on Twitter, it seems there are more extra credit opportunities than learning opportunities. If the situations I share below look familiar, it's probably because many teachers are providing similar options for extra credit. Of course I took some liberties: I had to try to make some of it funny, because … Continue reading What’s Wrong with Extra Credit?

Providing Feedback to Writers with Patty McGee – TG²Cast Episode 1

This episode features an interview with Patty McGee, author of the book Feedback That Moves Writers Forward.

Feedbacking Over Grading

My teacher partner Emily had a great idea for my blog: starting each blog with a question to think about. So, here is the question: what do grades mean to you?   Yes, loaded question. But this blog post is about grading less. And about going gradeless. This week, we had parent-teacher conferences. Last night, … Continue reading Feedbacking Over Grading