Gradeless: Don’t just dip your toes, jump in

Going gradeless is a complete somersault into foreign territory. To do it correctly, in my view, it shouldn't be a partial or hurried cartwheel into gradeless. One cannot simply post marks using a proficiency scale, pat themselves on the back and call it gradeless. Gradeless is about pedagogy, mindset, communication of learning without numbers…all numbers…ANY … Continue reading Gradeless: Don’t just dip your toes, jump in

Playing chess – Gradeless English 11 Weeks 3 and 4

Four weeks have passed in my gradeless English 11 class. I’m in a sort of limbo. Students haven’t asked for a grade, but I haven’t really given them a reason to. They’ve read a novel, completed three weeks of annotations with descriptive feedback, participated in discussions, and started an essay. About half of the students … Continue reading Playing chess – Gradeless English 11 Weeks 3 and 4

Ok…Here we go – Gradeless English 11 Weeks 1 and 2

Is it strange that my first two gradeless weeks with my English 11's went pretty smoothly? I am quite shocked. I expected blow back, push back, and setbacks from my English 11 New Media kids. After all, these kids had never been introduced to gradeless. They had never heard of gradeless. But they sure knew … Continue reading Ok…Here we go – Gradeless English 11 Weeks 1 and 2

The Report Card Dilemma

You’ve embraced a gradeless mindset. Your students are showing progress. It was a struggle at first, but you persevered in your communication of student learning to parents and they now appreciate that your focus has been on learning and not grades. Wahoo! Success! But it’s June and the Ministry of Education requires a letter grade … Continue reading The Report Card Dilemma