Teacher Tips: Journey to a Grade Free Classroom

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Activity: Journey to a Grade Free Classroom

Do you get tired of hearing your students "label" themselves as a "C+" student, or worse, as a "failure"? A number of years ago, as a Grade 7 teacher, I decided I had had enough of seeing my students head off to high school feeling like they were just a grade and nothing more. I wanted to them to see themselves as learners on a lifelong journey that would have challenges and successes but that would allow them to grow and improve. So... I threw out the gradebook and using tools like FreshGrade I have worked with my students to focus on strengths and build on needs. I don't get questions like "How can I get an A?" anymore. Now my students ask things like "What will make my writing more persuasive?" It hasn't always been an easy journey, but it has certainly been transformative and I am happy to say that our entire district is now letter grade free from Grade 4 to 7!

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Cari Wilson
Cari Wilson

Cari Wilson is the Elementary Innovation and Technology Lead Teacher for West Vancouver School District. With over 20 years of classroom experience and a Masters in Educational Technology, Cari works with both teachers and students in West Vancouver and beyond, helping them implement technology and innovation in engaging and thoughtful ways.

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