Now’s the Time to Save the Humanities

Does it seem to anyone else that the humanities have lost their roots? Or that humanities has taken on a “school” definition that deviates greatly from its original intent: the study of the human experience. Humanities originally blended an exploration of art, culture, literature, music, history, philosophy, religions (and more) to uncover what it is … Continue reading Now’s the Time to Save the Humanities

School Without Scoreboards

Sports as Metaphor Formative assessment and standards-based learning enthusiasts often seize on the metaphor of coaching to describe a better approach to feedback, assessment, and grading. I myself have employed this metaphor many times. Here’s a post I wrote a few months ago: This feedback cycle is not unlike the process used by coaches to prepare players for an upcoming … Continue reading School Without Scoreboards

Now’s the Time to Pick Up STEAM

“But it’s easy to grade in math. It’s either right or wrong!” I’ve had this conversation with peers, students, even my wife. It always ends with the other person saying, with a light chuckle, “It’s ironic that the math teacher is taking the math out of grading.” Good one. Very original. Cue my fake laugh. … Continue reading Now’s the Time to Pick Up STEAM

TG² Reads: Feedback that Moves Writers Forward

Feedback that Moves Writers Forward: How to Escape Correcting Mode to Transform Student Writing Author: Patty McGee Paperback, 251 pages   Anyone who teaches ANY sort of writing (ahem, social studies and science teachers too) must read Feedback that Moves Writers Forward: How to Escape Correcting Mode to Transform Student Writing and take Patty McGee's … Continue reading TG² Reads: Feedback that Moves Writers Forward

Now’s the Time For You to Shine

Summer sat across from me, apologizing. “I had to change my goals a little.” I smiled, delighted to hear that she had been reflecting on her goals, and urged her to continue talking. “I had intended to write a short story and work on character development,” Summer continued, “But I decided to focus more on … Continue reading Now’s the Time For You to Shine

20 Years Gradeless: Having My Cake and Eating It Too

The divide between teaching and learning and traditional assessment is real. Many of us think about the relationships we could develop and the authentic learning students could engage in if only we removed could grades. I'm here to tell you how the gradeless classroom can be more than an "if only..." fantasy. Instead of being … Continue reading 20 Years Gradeless: Having My Cake and Eating It Too

Now’s the Time to Spark a Conversation

This past week, I had the honor of hosting our second chat on “Getting Started.” I thought that participating in the previous #TG2Chat (Aaron Blackwelder moderating) was intense. Taking on the mantle of moderator notched it up to a whole new level. It was also a blessedly busy week of blog posts about going gradeless: … Continue reading Now’s the Time to Spark a Conversation