Comments on: This year I’m serious about my New Year’s resolution: Eliminate traditional grades in every school http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/01/this-year-im-serious-about-my-new-years-resolution-eliminate-traditional-grades-in-every-school.html Education on the Edge Mon, 08 Oct 2018 18:53:41 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 By: John R. Walkup ( http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/01/this-year-im-serious-about-my-new-years-resolution-eliminate-traditional-grades-in-every-school.html#comment-2205 Sun, 06 Jul 2014 17:51:39 +0000 http://69.195.124.205/~brillil0/2014/01/this-year-im-serious-about-my-new-years-resolution-eliminate-traditional-grades-in-every-school.html#comment-2205 This is a bad idea. You have middle school teachers who teach more than 100 kids; many districts have a majority of parents who don’t even speak English. How are you going to provide continual feedback to those parents? Even if you display their kids’ work online, they still have to know how to interpret the work for proficiency.

Grades are very efficient, so eliminating them will make life even harder on teachers. Parents have a right to know how their kids are doing, so now you will have teachers spending countless hours trying to come up with statements to send out to parents in lieu of traditional grades. That reason alone raises serious concerns for me.

Another reason this is a bad idea: Parents are already suspicious enough about the teaching profession, and now you are going to take away the one thing they understand in terms of knowing how their children in doing in school. Well-intentioned or not, the cry is going to be that teachers are trying to escape accountability.
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By: Mark Barnes http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/01/this-year-im-serious-about-my-new-years-resolution-eliminate-traditional-grades-in-every-school.html#comment-2204 Sun, 06 Jul 2014 17:50:47 +0000 http://69.195.124.205/~brillil0/2014/01/this-year-im-serious-about-my-new-years-resolution-eliminate-traditional-grades-in-every-school.html#comment-2204 I sometimes use a single piece of feedback for many students, because it fits all individuals. This is sort of like providing a number, but it is better, because it tells students precisely what they have done. Hope you’ll continue the conversation in this Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/teachersthrowingoutgrades/
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By: Gunnar Sewell http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/01/this-year-im-serious-about-my-new-years-resolution-eliminate-traditional-grades-in-every-school.html#comment-2203 Sun, 06 Jul 2014 17:36:21 +0000 http://69.195.124.205/~brillil0/2014/01/this-year-im-serious-about-my-new-years-resolution-eliminate-traditional-grades-in-every-school.html#comment-2203 That will be a tough sell. My counter-proposal is to use keywords that correlate to a score, but also identify specific areas of strength and areas in which the student needs to improve or focus. I don’t believe that “fail” should be one of these keywords.

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By: Anonymous http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/01/this-year-im-serious-about-my-new-years-resolution-eliminate-traditional-grades-in-every-school.html#comment-303 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:11:54 +0000 http://69.195.124.205/~brillil0/2014/01/this-year-im-serious-about-my-new-years-resolution-eliminate-traditional-grades-in-every-school.html#comment-303 No way youth needs to know F mean fail. Not well let’s talk about it blah blah this is y we already are trying young people that skim Threw life. Were to soft any more.

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By: Michael Wolski http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/01/this-year-im-serious-about-my-new-years-resolution-eliminate-traditional-grades-in-every-school.html#comment-300 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 10:21:59 +0000 http://69.195.124.205/~brillil0/2014/01/this-year-im-serious-about-my-new-years-resolution-eliminate-traditional-grades-in-every-school.html#comment-300 Hoo rah! Let’s do this!!! I am in

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By: Mark Barnes http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/01/this-year-im-serious-about-my-new-years-resolution-eliminate-traditional-grades-in-every-school.html#comment-290 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 01:32:30 +0000 http://69.195.124.205/~brillil0/2014/01/this-year-im-serious-about-my-new-years-resolution-eliminate-traditional-grades-in-every-school.html#comment-290 You ask a lot of good questions. Students and I do look back on work for a grading period and discuss the report card grade. I have worked primarily with middle schoolers, but I believe feedback works with all grades.

I’ll address your other questions in a full blog post in a day or two. Please check back.

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By: Anneke Radin-Snaith http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/01/this-year-im-serious-about-my-new-years-resolution-eliminate-traditional-grades-in-every-school.html#comment-289 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 01:05:17 +0000 http://69.195.124.205/~brillil0/2014/01/this-year-im-serious-about-my-new-years-resolution-eliminate-traditional-grades-in-every-school.html#comment-289 First of all, I love the idea of feedback instead of grades and have slowly been moving in that direction for a while now. Reading your piece brought up a few questions for me. What age do you work with and do you see this method as applicable across the board? How much time does this take? Do you use this method with every assignment, or only some? When you involve students in grading themselves (for report cards) do use some type of process whereby they look back at their work/progress?

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By: Mark Barnes http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/01/this-year-im-serious-about-my-new-years-resolution-eliminate-traditional-grades-in-every-school.html#comment-288 Thu, 02 Jan 2014 18:37:57 +0000 http://69.195.124.205/~brillil0/2014/01/this-year-im-serious-about-my-new-years-resolution-eliminate-traditional-grades-in-every-school.html#comment-288 This question comes up often when I present at conferences and workshops. Narrative feedback, using my SE2R system provides all the information needed, and it’s far more effective than data, driven by points, percentages and letters. I discuss this at length and provide examples in my book, Role Reversal.

I am interested in what you’re doing with Gradeable. I will investigate further.

Thanks for weighing in on this important matter.

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