Now’s the Time to Put It All Together

As the school year approaches, my anxiety begins to take hold. Knowing there will be 125 or so new faces staring up at me, expecting me to inspire them keeps me awake at night. After 20 years of teaching, I would think this feeling would have diminished. But it hasn't. So I spend my waking … Continue reading Now’s the Time to Put It All Together

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

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

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

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