Going Gradeless and Special Education

Grading and reporting have been hot topics in education in recent years, spawning a move to grading practices that are grounded in standards, competencies, or proficiency, depending on the language of the state. The idea has been if we ensure that our grades are based on clear standards, then the meaning of the grade is … Continue reading Going Gradeless and Special Education

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

TG² Reads: Creating a Culture of Feedback

Creating a Culture of Feedback  by William M. Ferriter and Paul J. Cancellieri Paperback 128 pages     “The one really competitive skill is the skill of being able to learn” (Papert 1998) If one of the goals of education is to prepare students for future demands how do grades fit into this? Beyond school, … Continue reading TG² Reads: Creating a Culture of Feedback

Using Self-assessment Letters for a Conversational Evaluation

Breaking the monopoly of evaluation In the interest of supporting the autonomy of our students, we should seek every opportunity to place students "behind the wheel" of their own learning (see Ike Shibley's "Putting Students in the Driver Seat"). This issue becomes particularly sensitive when it comes to evaluation. We know what a powerful learning … Continue reading Using Self-assessment Letters for a Conversational Evaluation