Participants will begin by determining and debating what the purpose of grading should be. This will be based on a survey from Thomas Guskey. Then we will show examples of how grades frequently get in the way of the goals we have for our students. We will show several examples of alternative approaches to traditional grading practices including standards-based and not grading at all. Lastly, participants will be given the opportunity to examine their own practice and determine how well it aligns with their beliefs about the purpose of grading.
Small and whole group discussion centered around the philosophy of grading and collaborative time to reflect and improve grading practices.