In the summer of 2016, I decided to write to capture how I went about setting up and navigating my gradeless classroom. Here are all of those posts in one place.
It’s important to note that I am not the first teacher who has tried to move away from traditional grading. Nor do I think I’m an expert. I’m really just trying to figure this out.
Thanks for reading, and please don’t hesitate to comment on the posts with your ideas, questions, concerns–anything!
*Addendum December 2017: read here to see why I’m now thinking of the task as not to stop grading, but to disrupt it.
**Addendum June 2018: some of my thinking on these steps has evolved since I wrote the blog series–all of which will go into the book I’m working on.
***Addendum October 2019: My book, Point-Less: An English Teacher’s Guide to More Meaningful Grading will be out on March 31, 2020 (Heinemann).
–Sarah M. Zerwin
- The English Teacher’s Holy Grail: #StopGrading, 6 August 2016
- Step One: What’s in a Grade?, 8 August 2016
- It takes a village to #StopGrading, 9 August 2016
- Step Two: Design a classroom experience to keep your students working without points, 9 August 2016
- Step Three: Hack your gradebook to make it the data collection tool that will actually inform your instruction, 10 August 2016
- Step Four: Get Admin Behind Your Efforts to #StopGrading, 18 August 2016
- Step Five: Starting the #StopGrading Conversation with Students, 21 August 2016
- Step Six: Use conferences to focus on feedback instead of points, 28 August 2016
- Step Seven: Start the #StopGrading conversation with parents, 3 September 2016
- Step Eight: Build your classroom community of writers to #StopGrading, 5 September 2016
- An important reminder about why I am working to #StopGrading, 14 September 2016
- I don’t want to talk to parents about grades at parent/teacher conferences, 28 September 2016
- Step Nine: Coming to a Grade Agreement with Students as You #StopGrading, 8 October 2016
- Trust your students, trust yourself, and #StopGrading, 5 November 2016
- Step Nine, Part Two: My Finalized Grade Agreement with My Students for this Year, 7 November 2016
- #StopGrading Presentation Resources #NCTE16, 18 November 2016
- Ways to keep your students working without points, 2 January 2017
- Step Ten: #StopGrading and ask your students to evaluate their own learning, 5 January 2017
And a few related posts since I finished the blog series:
- Unpacked, engaged silence, and how not grading made space for it, 7 May 2017
- A moment of clarity that helped my AP Lit students see exactly why I don’t put grades on their writing, 2 September 2017
- #DisruptGrading, 16 December 2017
- Our Most Important Conversation: Equity, 13 January 2019