#StopGrading Blog Series (#DisruptGrading)

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

  1. The English Teacher’s Holy Grail: #StopGrading, 6 August 2016
  2. Step One: What’s in a Grade?, 8 August 2016
  3. It takes a village to #StopGrading, 9 August 2016
  4. Step Two: Design a classroom experience to keep your students working without points, 9 August 2016
  5. Step Three: Hack your gradebook to make it the data collection tool that will actually inform your instruction, 10 August 2016
  6. Step Four: Get Admin Behind Your Efforts to #StopGrading, 18 August 2016
  7. Step Five: Starting the #StopGrading Conversation with Students, 21 August 2016
  8. Step Six: Use conferences to focus on feedback instead of points, 28 August 2016
  9. Step Seven: Start the #StopGrading conversation with parents, 3 September 2016
  10. Step Eight: Build your classroom community of writers to #StopGrading, 5 September 2016
  11. An important reminder about why I am working to #StopGrading, 14 September 2016
  12. I don’t want to talk to parents about grades at parent/teacher conferences, 28 September 2016
  13. Step Nine: Coming to a Grade Agreement with Students as You #StopGrading, 8 October 2016
  14. Trust your students, trust yourself, and #StopGrading, 5 November 2016
  15. Step Nine, Part Two: My Finalized Grade Agreement with My Students for this Year, 7 November 2016
  16. #StopGrading Presentation Resources #NCTE16, 18 November 2016
  17. Ways to keep your students working without points, 2 January 2017
  18. 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:

  1. Unpacked, engaged silence, and how not grading made space for it, 7 May 2017
  2. A moment of clarity that helped my AP Lit students see exactly why I don’t put grades on their writing, 2 September 2017
  3. #DisruptGrading, 16 December 2017
  4. Our Most Important Conversation: Equity, 13 January 2019

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