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

Book Clubs, books, Reading, Reading Identity

My Best Ideas (for now) for Book Clubs at the Middle Level

Once or twice a year, dependent on what the students feel like doing, we set out on our book clubs journeys in 7th grade. For 11 years I have been sharing ideas on this blog and so it feels natural to revisit past posts and update what we have been doing since my practice is… Continue reading My Best Ideas (for now) for Book Clubs at the Middle Level

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