Recently an article appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education that focused on why professors won't raise a student's grade when asked. Perhaps the issue isn't the student, but the clarity of the teacher.
All Blog Posts With grading Tag or Category
March 03, 2015
January 28, 2015
Education is in need of some changes. If we eliminate grades, we make room for many important shifts that must occur in our current climate. It's time to shift the mindset; teachers, throw out grades.
January 23, 2015
Students need to be taught to start valuing their learning and not the grade. Too often we waste our time fighting over missing work or arguing over the grades "we give" our students. But if there could be an alternative?
January 21, 2015
Grades are just a math game. This is what I told students many years ago. "If you know how to work the numbers, you can get a good grade."
January 01, 2015
Even though a child may indeed be reveling in and absorbing the wonders of a rich travel experience, or a deeply rewarding family visit, back home in the classroom, they're...behind. And school time is sacred. Or not.
December 29, 2014
What were your favorite posts about grading this year? What did you learn? Will you be throwing out grades in 2015?
November 19, 2014
But what will students say about a class without a grades? Read on to see their reactions.
November 17, 2014
So you agree that giving up grades will improve student learning and now you're asking, "but how?" Keep reading to find out a few ways to start.
November 16, 2014
When it comes to online gradebooks, I believe there is a misguided faith in the magic of technology to "streamline" routine tasks and "solve problems" (even things we didn't realize were problems beforehand). Here's one: if parents weren't allowed to peek into teachers' gradebooks twenty years ago, what makes us think they're interested now? And furthermore--is it even a good idea to nurture grade-stalking in parents?
November 11, 2014
Grades don't serve anyone in our system except those who issue them. Once thought to communicate learning, we now understand that this was a mistake. So here is one alternative.