It’s time to revolutionize education by taking the Throw Out Grades Challenge. (Hold the ice bucket, please.)
We’re not raising money for a worthy cause like ALS, and there will be no shivering, but we’re hoping this turns into a viral meme, just like the Ice Bucket Challenge did.
the Throw Out Grades Challenge
Here are 4 simple steps for completing the Throw Out Grades Challenge:
Make a decision: Pick at least one assignment/project/unit to eliminate traditional number and letter grades (optionally, you can eliminate grades for the entire semester or year).
Create a conversation about learning: Replace your traditional grades with a verbal conversation about learning and/or written feedback, using an objective system like SE2R.
Grab your smartphone or tablet: Create and publish a video of you either writing feedback or participating in a conversation about learning with a student. Important: be sure to say in the video that you are taking the Throw Out Grades Challenge.
Challenge friends: Share your video on social networks–Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.–and challenge three friends/colleagues to take the Throw Out Grades Challenge. You can always post your video on the Teachers Throwing Out Grades Facebook group page.
This may not be as cool, no pun intended, as the Ice Bucket Challenge, and it may not raise millions of dollars to help cure a deadly disease, but the Throw Out Grades Challenge just might revolutionize teaching and learning. And it’s definitely time for a revolution!
Please take the Throw Out Grades Challenge this school year. Our children will thank you.