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.
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
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
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
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
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
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