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Getting Started and Welcome!

Welcome to the #TTOGTLLP blog space where we will be sharing our collective journey through the 2017-2018 school year as we explore feedback-based assessment (i.e. no grades) in our classrooms.

We are a group of 4 secondary teachers in the PDSB exploring how gradeless classrooms can impact learning and how to make it a manageable classroom practice for teachers. We are located in different schools around the board (one of us is an instructional coach, three are classroom teachers - 1 of whom is a department head) and teach different subjects (Math, Geography, English and Business).

We will be sharing our journey via this blog over the course of the year so that others can benefit from our time and efforts and hopefully together we can make a difference in education.

Here are some resources to consider if you are interested in the topic but not sure where to start:


  • A blog entry about using a feedback strategy from Mark Barnes' Assessment 3.0: http://teachinginspirations.blogspot.ca/2016/07/se2r-comments-in-grade-9-science.html
  • The above mentioned book
  • Myron Dueck's Grading Smarter Not Harder (does not get into gradeless but can give a good start to changing assessment practices)
  • Cameron and Gregory's Rethinking Letter Grades (can get you thinking about changing your practices, backward design, assigning grades - definitely can be inspiring for a gradeless model)
You will find 3 of us on Twitter an we would love to connect!

Heather - @MsHLye
Susan - @SusanCampo
Christine - @ChrisHillinPeel

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