I was so glad to come across this book when I was finishing up my manuscript over the summer. (Look for Point-Less: An English Teacher’s Guide to More Meaningful Grading from Heinemann, available March 31!)Read More
This post has been percolating for a while now, ever since I left NCTE in Houston.
Until now, all I’ve been able to cobble together so far are a few disconnected notes in my writer’s notebook:
- I need to sit with my discomfort.
- I’m a teacher with privilege OF privileged
- What can I do?
- What does it mean to be a good ally?
- I can’t be so terrified that I’ll mess something up that I don’t even start.
- When I don’t actively disrupt, I perpetuate.
- I thought I got it, that I understood the issues. But I have so much to learn.
That last one is the one that’s been nagging at me most.
See, I’m writing a book right now. I’ve been working on it–with the care of a very patient, supportive, and insightful editor–for about 3 and a half years. It’s about grading practices that support readers and writers better than the typical percentage/points-based approach.Read More