De Grading

A big thanks to Joe Bower for pointing these links from Alfie Kohn out on Twitter today:

From Degrading to De-Grading

Grading: The Issue Is Not How but Why

I also have to thank Joe for being one of the inspirations for my own “de-grading” trend in the classroom this year as I continue my search for more authentic learning environments for my 8th graders and move away from traditional grading as a means of assessing what they might or might not be achieving.

Instead, we’re sending cameras into space. I’ll take that trade off anyday.