Joe Bower and Rick Wormeli (video): There are bad ways and there are really bad ways to grade

I’ve seen Wormeli speak, and on the whole I think he is a good gut. He is trying to point us in the right direction. Interesting video.

 

for the love of learning: There are bad ways and there are really bad ways to grade.

A lot of my colleagues flip out at the ‘giving zeroes’ issue. It was never that big a deal to me- I thought Wormeli had a point, and I changed practice accordingly. Some people feel that ‘just a zero’ isn’t bad enough. That is not really what I am interested in, so it wasn’t an issue for me.

Early in my career I had a parent question giving a 0/100 for an assignment, but I hadn’t really thought it through in this way, so I have to say, I was unresponsive (I also have to say, that the parent, who was a Professor of Education, didn’t really make the point that Wormeli is making, which is perhaps a story for another time). Part of my frustration with grades is that it continually sidelines us into conversations that are not about learning, which drives me nuts.

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3 Responses to Joe Bower and Rick Wormeli (video): There are bad ways and there are really bad ways to grade

  1. Rick Wormeli says:

    Thanks for exploring this, Joe. We have to find more ways for teachers to explore grading ideology freely and thoughtfully. It really does shake foundations, promote innovation, and improvetudent learning. It’s the back and forth interactions with colleagues in and out of our professional social circles that does it, however. We need time, vehicle, and inclination to create these interactions. – Rick Wormeli

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