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Renee Moore

April 6, 2015

Hard Lessons From Atlanta


Under the current state and federal educational policies, test scores are used to justify punishing schools and their students for being chronic underperformers BEFORE necessary steps have been taken to correct the profoundly unequal learning conditions deliberately created for the children in those schools.

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Liz Prather

March 30, 2015

My "No Grades!" Experiment: The Final Huzzah


What happens when you abolish grades for twelve weeks and allow students to create and grow for the sake of learning?  Some kids hated it, some kids loved it, and some didn't give a flip either way. Here, in their own words, are the reflection of my freshman and sophmore class about our "No Grades!" experiment. 

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Brianna Crowley

March 5, 2015

Grading: A Duct-Taped System? Students Weigh In.


This post is the second in a series of posts challenging the traditional 100-point grading system and exploring alternatives. In my last post, I discussed some event leading me to deeply question the role of grades in my classroom. In the week since then, a vibrant conversation has ensued both in the comments section as well as in blog posts from fellow colleagues who I list below.

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Liz Prather

February 28, 2015

Teachers Who Plant The Forest


The politicos and the number crunchers haven’t invented the measuring stick calculates the real returns of teaching.  If you have to know, don't be a teacher.  Instead of those calibrations, seek to expand your ability to extend encouragement, build up rather than tear down, and always be in the business of grace.

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Brianna Crowley

February 25, 2015

Grading: A Duct-Taped System In Need of an Overhaul?


This post is the first in a series of reflections on our current grading system where I try to tackle these questions: Is the current system fair and relevant? What is the relationship between grading and learning? What alternatives to the 100 point system do educators have? Throughout the series, you will hear from other classroom teachers, my current students, and researchers who have delved into these questions with a scientific lens. In the final post, I will share what I plan to do in my own classroom as a result of these conversations and reflections.

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Ariel Sacks

February 19, 2015

When—And At What Cost—Do Students Receive Reading Intervention Classes?


Is anyone else noticing that students—especially in middle school—often receive reading intervention class at the expense of foreign language or arts? There are very real scheduling constraints that explain this common reality, but putting that aside, I’m wondering if this practice makes sense for kids. 

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