What counts and what matters in learning? Contrary to centuries of practice, it is not really the grades.
Since April of 2017 I have been reading about and, now, practicing gradeless-ness in my high school 9th and 10th grade English classes. Sure, I know that such a practice is not new, at least not in independent schools, but what I did not know was how widespread the practice had become in public-school classrooms around the nation. The Facebook group, “Teachers Throwing Out Grades“, and more recently, the group “Teachers Going Gradeless” have been incredibly active in promoting this movement, and its history is as old as our system of public schooling itself. While seemingly counterintuitive, given most Americans’ experiences in public school, going gradeless is a key aspect of the move to deeper learning….
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