Honor roll and other merit based recognition doesn't serve a school community well. Instead, it further segregates students and perpetuates the myth that grades help to communicate academic success. What if schools focused more on the collaborative and less on the competition?
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May 21, 2015
May 07, 2015
Do you experience "teacher guilt"? Here are some practical things to practice in order to diminish the terrible feeling.
April 23, 2015
Many teachers deserve recognition that seldom comes. Let's change that. Simply by adjusting our attitude about how we respond to each other can have a ripple effect that has the potential to change education.
April 19, 2015
Are you a science or math teacher who feels like moving away from grades is something you can't do? Check out this interview with Jim Cordery, a math teacher from NJ shared his thoughts with me about grading and challenges he has with #TTOG.
April 12, 2015
Are you sure the projects you create for students are doing what you want? How do you know? Maybe you should try doing them? Check this out and see why
April 09, 2015
How does a movement take form, you may ask? It starts with an idea and then a few people who are willing to take action. That action creates a stir and perhaps inspires some and angers others, but real change starts to happen. This is how Teachers Throwing Out Grades (#TTOG) began. Read on to find out more about this growing movement.
April 02, 2015
Too often teachers are okay assuming students know what is going on. It's time we look under the hood to figure out what actually is seeping in. How do we do that, you ask? Check out of some of these synthesis strategies.
March 31, 2015
What are the purpose of grades? Do they actually function as they are supposed to? Perhaps it's time to reconsider how we communicate learning. What would that look like for you?
March 27, 2015
While everything else in education in shifting away from teacher centered environments, why shouldn't the old parent/teacher conferences get a face lift too?
March 09, 2015
Providing feedback is more than just saying "good job" or "nice work" or "you can do better." Feedback provides a specific look into what is being done correctly and what continues to need improvement. Read on to learn some strategies for providing timely feedback that will improve learning.