Alternative Approaches to Grading
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Consider different approaches to grading and how they can affect the classroom atmosphere and more!
Giving students agency over their learning and removing competition among students and the stress of grades on students and teachers.
Lots. Think carefully about what your underlying values are and how you can make them work within your institutional constraints; think about how much you can involve students in the process and have those conversations with them.
Watch the video above for practical tips, or check out the resources for several different alternative approaches. Arley Cruthers’ infographics are a good visual introduction; the podcast with Jesse Stommel, Asao Inoue and Maha Bali is a good auditory intro; and the blogposts by Jesse Stommel, Alfie Kohn and Munir Fasheh are a good starting point. If you’re up for a longer read, we suggest Asao Inoue’s books and the edited volume by Susan D. Blum.
Variable depending how you plan to implement it.
Adaptations and examples
You can do it for an entire course, or parts of a course.
- Arley Cruthers infographics (which inspired this conversation)
- Podcast on ungrading with guests Asao Inoue, Jesse Stommel and Maha Bali: Teachers Going Gradeless. Part 1 and Part 2
- Jesse Stommel’s blogpost: How to Ungrade
- Alfie Kohn - The Case Against Grades
- Munir Fasheh - The Trouble with Knowledge
- Asao Inoue’s book - Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching & Assessing Writing for a Socially Just Future
- Asao Inoue’s book: Labor-Based Grading Contracts: Building Equity & Inclusion in the Compassionate Writing Classroom
- Susan D. Blum's edited volume: Ungrading
- Resources from Laura Gibbs
- David Buck's Ungrading Virtual Book Club
- Some resources emerging from ungrading slowchat