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War on Traditional Grades: How Can We Provide Feedback that Moves Learning Forward?

in Feedback, Grades vs. Feedback

Over at his Brilliant or Insane? blog, Mark Barnes made a New Year’s resolution to eliminate traditional grades in every school. I am joining this mission with a contribution from Dylan Wiliam’s excellent book Embedded Formative Assessment.

I made a video that provides an overview of two studies that Wiliam describes in his chapter on providing feedback that moves learning forward, and provides a starting contribution to this much-needed conversation.

I made this “Grades vs. Feedback” video for an online graduate teacher education course I taught last summer through Indiana University. In the spirit of my own resolution to get things out there when they are done (and not necessarily perfect), I switched this video from “unlisted” to “public” tonight on Youtube.

I didn’t mention it above, but I also recommend Barnes’ ROLE Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in the Student-Centered Classroom. I’ll write about this more in another post, but the book was an important part my undergraduate “Technology Leadership in K-12” courses this fall.

About the author: Matthew Callison is an educator, author, and consultant who is passionate about helping others create technology-rich, student-centered learning environments.

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