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 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

Now’s the Time to Hit the Road

Well, our first #TG2chat is in the books, and it was pretty incredible. The following GIF sums up my attempt at keeping up with the lighting pace.   A big thanks to my Teachers Going Gradeless cofounder, Aaron Blackwelder, for his expert moderating, and thanks to the many participants who brought a wealth of wisdom and … Continue reading Now’s the Time to Hit the Road

Now’s the Time to Take the Plunge

Teachers Going Gradeless is just two months old and our Facebook group has ballooned to include over 2,000 members from almost every continent on the globe (still no Antarctica). We’d like you to join us for a series of Twitter chats this summer, examining the whys, the hows, and the whats of going gradeless. The … Continue reading Now’s the Time to Take the Plunge

Explode These Feedback Myths and Get Your Life Back

When asked what recommendations they would give teachers to improve feedback…students claimed to want more, and more useful, responses to their writing. A wide majority — 87% — rated as “important” or “very important” the advice that teachers give more detailed feedback on papers. — Harvard Study of Undergraduate Writing That’ll do, Harvard Study of Undergraduate Writing, that’ll do. I … Continue reading Explode These Feedback Myths and Get Your Life Back

Teachers Going Gradeless

This post is crossposted on Medium and was also published in the New York Observer. After years of teaching using the principles of standards-based learning and grading, I encountered two findings that radically changed my perspective on assessment, grading, and reporting. The first finding comes from Ruth Butler (1988, as cited in Wiliam 2011) regarding feedback. … Continue reading Teachers Going Gradeless