Ditch those grades! 18 ways to go gradeless

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#DitchBook Twitter chat | Friday, November 2, 2018

Ditch those grades! 18 ways to go gradeless

Many teachers are working towards going gradeless. But what does a gradeless classroom look like? And what are some alternatives to giving grades? Educators from the #Ditchbook community shared tons of ideas.

Grades. As students, we get them. As teachers, we give them. In our education system learning is measured by a score which translates into a grade.

But what does a grade really mean? A grade should be a reflection of what the student has learned. However, we all know that isn’t always the case.

What if learning was about getting valuable feedback and continuous improvement as we work towards mastery? Is it possible for a classroom to go gradeless? It seems like an unattainable dream yet many teachers are making it a reality in their classrooms.

What does a gradeless classroom look like? And how do we measure learning if we don’t give grades?

In a recent #Ditchbook chat, moderated by Mandi Tolen and Rayna Freedman, educators shared their thoughts on ditching grades and ideas for moving towards a gradeless classroom.

Below you will find 18 ways to go gradeless. You can also check out this Wakelet collection to see the whole discussion.

Want to get in on the next #DitchBook Twitter chat?

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