alfie kohn, being a teacher, journey, No grades, students

So What Does a B+ Mean to You – Quitting Grades Does Not Mean You are Lazy

Quitting grades to some means to quit expectations. I used to think that if I didn’t meticulously grade everything, I was inefficient, ineffective, and certainly lazy. And yet I have come to happily realize that quitting grades as much as I am allowed to do has become one of the great liberations of my young… Continue reading So What Does a B+ Mean to You – Quitting Grades Does Not Mean You are Lazy

assessment, being a teacher, grades, No grades, Student dreams

How to Make Grades About Students Again

Our first semester ended last week.  I have been working on grades, both standards scores and letter grades, for the past 3 days.  Pondering.  Wondering.  Pulling my hair out as I try to figure out which box to place my students in as we try to assess the growth that has happened.  In the end… Continue reading How to Make Grades About Students Again

Be the change, Passion, Personalized Learning, student driven, student voice

Some Ideas for Personalizing Learning in the Younger Grades

“Mom, you have to see this…?” Thea hands me her science project, her very first in in 1st grade, and she is so excited she has a hard time standing still. “I have to do this thing and I get to choose and I know I want to do coyotes and a video so we… Continue reading Some Ideas for Personalizing Learning in the Younger Grades

assessment, assumptions, Be the change, being a teacher, education reform, No grades, student voice

What My Students Told Me – Students Take on Grades

I thought teaching 7th graders would mean that they had a cool distance to school.  That they knew that the grades we give reflect the work they do.  That a report card is not meant as a slap in the face, but rather a tool to be used as they grow toward their goal.  I… Continue reading What My Students Told Me – Students Take on Grades