For this episode we're trying something new. Instead of having a guest, I'm (Chris) deep-diving into one element of progressive education - offering history and advice to gradeless learning. I tried my best to cover an extensive look at this topic, including - most importantly - the point of why this is needed.
There are many quotes and research provided, here is a list of the resources used:
The "Grading / Gradeless Learning" category of our research page.
Much of the historical data (and all quotes) are from "Making the grade" by Jack Schneider & Ethan Hunt (2013).
We recommend the portfolio tool Seesaw.
**Mistakenly, I said that Seesaw was free for everything except grading - this is mostly true, but to assign "skills" and organize student posts via tags it is $120/year. A simple workaround is to create folders for skills and have students upload work into them.
I celebrate the upcoming work of the Mastery Transcript Consortium.
*Also, I stated "Deborah Meiers" as a source for "creative noncompliace." I meant "Deborah Meier."
Much of these thoughts are laid out in text form with specific recommendations for educators in our free resource, Grading =/ Assessment.