Category Archives: surprises

Step Nine: Coming to a Grade Agreement with Students as You #StopGrading

  The first semester I went gradeless, I didn’t have in place any kind of agreement with students regarding what would make an A, B, C, etc. once we had to put something in the gradebook at the end of … Continue reading

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Schoology and Online Discussion

As Dr. Z posted a while back, we have been experimenting with Schoology. Overall I have to say I really like it. This week I have been tweaking how I ask kids to respond in the discussion platform. I like … Continue reading

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Adventures in Parent/Teacher Conferences Part 2- What Do We Talk About?

The next contribution in our thinking about conferences. See Part 1. Two years ago, in a very Jane Tompkins moment (if you have read A Life in School) you’ll know what I mean, I made a radical change in how I … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween!

A very happy Halloween from the Paper Graders! Note how our ID badges are such awesome accents to our costumes.

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Wow- It’s a whole new website!

Hi, and welcome to The Papergraders’ new home! We are just getting this page up and running, so sorry if sometimes we are a bit discombobulated. It is really exciting to have a permanent home for this project, and we … Continue reading

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The issue with teachers and students- Animated!

This video has been making the rounds on the internet- It came to me by way of a friend on Facebook. Ah Facebook- occasionally good for something other than sucking your creative soul. It is a really fun animated version … Continue reading

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A curve ball today

Something surprised me today and still leaves me somewhat unsettled. Whereas I feel like the reading is going pretty well so far (see my previous post), the group project that I debuted today is not leaving me with quite as … Continue reading

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