Comments on: Rethinking Assessment: How to Maintain Objectivity Education on the Edge Thu, 23 Jan 2020 02:38:47 +0000 hourly 1 By: Mark Barnes Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:26:25 +0000 Hey Sue, thanks so much for reading and commenting here at B or I and for joining the TTOG FB group. We tweet regularly to #TTOG and have bi-weekly live Twitter chats. The no-grades classroom is a powerful movement, and I’m happy that you’re a part of it.
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By: Sue Houston Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:18:46 +0000 Mark, this is all so wonderful to read. I’ve been having similar thoughts but just recently got involved with twitter and the FB page ttog. It is fabulous to find that there is this whole conversation going on about this stuff to tap into!
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By: Mark Barnes Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:47:00 +0000 Too bad you and Jeffrey ever had to be labeled as A’s and Bs. Not much objectivity in those labels.
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By: Kenneth Tilton Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:23:45 +0000 Reminds me of Jeffrey Rivers, a kid I had in eighth grade math. He was the ultimate trouble-maker, openly defying me the first time I had to call him out (the first week, I suapect). I happened to have come from teaching for three years in the inner city so we worked things out at the end of class, and Jeffrey went on to average “A” for the year. Except he rarely did his homework, and I had a rule intended to ensure kids added practice time at home to instructional time in class: three misses in a marking period and you go down a grade. I gave him a “B”. I remember him genially appealing his demotion, and saying, “I could really use the A”.

I told him I wish i could but that was the contract, which would mean nothing if I let him slide. He was cool.

Now I think back to my wild and crazy senior year in high school when I told the system to go screw itself and did just enough to get the credits to graduate, which was not much given my prior scholarly performance.

In math I was not too bad because I liked it, I earned a B. Mr. Keene gave me an “A” for the year.

I ran into him downtown one day during the following summer and said, “Hey, Mr. Keene. Thanks for the A”. He said he thought I had learned everything he had been teaching.

Morals left as an exercise.