Category Archives: first gradeless series 2013-2014

How We’re Getting to Semester Grades in My Gradeless Classroom

There are only eight weeks of classes left for this semester. I’m not sure how quickly we got to this mid-semester point, but we did. And much has happened on the gradeless front in my classroom. Last spring, I felt … Continue reading

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The Gradeless Experiment: Success!

The moment I knew I was getting somewhere was the day I tweeted this: Today’s senioritis moment: “if I get you Starbucks, can I not have to revise this paper?” Immediately after the student tried to bribe me with Starbucks, … Continue reading

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Going Gradeless and Getting Better Writing Conferences!

I had my first more formal writing conferences today with students under my new gradeless regime. (Read about it here, here, and here.) So they all wrote complete rough drafts. I gave them all feedback. I provided rubrics (just a … Continue reading

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Going gradeless: rubric ruminations

I’ve had several people ask me in the past week or so how the gradeless experiment is going. Since nothing was really that different yet from how things had been before, neither my students nor I have noticed anything new. … Continue reading

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Going gradeless and ending up at the Common Core

I have a confession to make. I’m one of those teachers who has claimed to know the standards. I’ve claimed to know that I’m covering the standards just fine thank you very much, I don’t need to have them all … Continue reading

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Going Gradeless

For the last couple of years, Mr. S and Mr. B have been moving away from grading writing in their classes and instead focusing on feedback and conferencing instead. It’s been a slow process–starting with simply taking the numbers off … Continue reading

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