While the benefits of a gradeless classroom are attractive, with feedback and discussion replacing numbers and ‘fire and forget’ assignments and introspection and intrinsic motivation supplanting whinging and grade grubbing, we all know that cultural norms and expectations (of students, parents, administrators, and teachers) can cause anxiety and distract from effective implementation
For the past 25 years, I’ve taught writing through a workshop model, conferencing for two or three minutes with as many students as possible as they write in class. I would collect the pieces every couple of weeks and spend long weekends grading them at home. However, a few weeks ago, Aaron Blackwelder’s blog post, … Continue reading Flipped Feedback — The Impact on Student Growth
As an English teacher, teaching writing and supporting developing writers is paramount. I want to see my students write regularly and hone their skills to communicate meaningful ideas. However, every essay means time for me to read, make comments, and this usually means sacrificing hours of personal time. According to The Washington Post, the average … Continue reading How to Value Personal Time While Providing Great Feedback
This episode features an interview with Starr Sackstein, author of the book Peer Feedback in the Classroom and Hacking Assessment.
This episode features an interview with Patty McGee, author of the book Feedback That Moves Writers Forward.
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
Grammar. The word alone is either off-putting or inviting (you know who you are, grammarians). Perhaps you are imagining visions of worksheets, sentence diagrams, or a writing piece riddled with red ink. Or maybe you are someone who secretly corrects grammar in your mind as others speak. Wherever you fall on the love-hate continuum of … Continue reading Stop. Grammartime.