Thomas Guskey has described grading as the "largest implementation gap" in education today. We know that averaging assignments, penalizing students for homework incompletion, and giving good grades to "good students" is not effective. But how do we break free from our old practices? We have to think differently.
What is the purpose of grading? We know that grades can be used as rewards. However, they do not have any effect as punishments. Should grades be used as communication tools? As sticks? As carrots? Check out the results of our informal survey.
Where do we go from here? How can we build classrooms that reward students for mastery and hard work. Teachers can teach and students can learn without grades. But how?