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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  • 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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I am a teacher trainer and coach. Working elbow to elbow with teachers and teacher leaders to ensure instructional proficiency and student achievement soar lights me up. We have a real need in our nation for strong educators to remain in the field. My blog, book, podcast, courses and instructional materials are geared towards empowering teachers (and those that lead them) to receive the support needed to grow and thrive today, tomorrow and always.