112: The Dysfunction of Grading

Grading is only as good as the effectiveness of instruction leading up to it. A grade on an assessment that doesn’t match the learning leading up to it is worthless, demeaning and dysfunctional. Tune in to hear three steps you can take now to ensure you teach hard enough, long enough and deep enough for students to be successful and prepared on their learning journey.

The photo below from my trip to Colorado is discussed in the episode:

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Quotables

  • I don’t give grades, students earn them
  • Objectify learning
  • Put more time into planning than in to execution so that execution is flawless, rigorous, and done with fidelity across the board
  • If its easy, we aren’t pushing ourselves or our students hard enough
  • We cannot allow our peers to lower the bar only for our kids to fail later

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About the author, Gretchen

I am an educator of almost a decade, passionate about cultivating talent in aspiring and new teachers through practical tips and strategies. My blog, book, and podcast are geared towards empowering teachers to enter the profession and stay there due to the advice and encouragement I provide. We have a real need in our nation for strong leaders in classrooms, and I believe its my calling and duty to coach teachers to achieve and maintain best teaching practices in order to drive the growth and success of our students in and outside the classroom.