The Pandemic happened. And what will happen next?

The Pandemic happened.

And we stayed home and focused on learning that mattered. We stripped away the learning goals that were reviewed later. We filtered out the minutiae. We took what was left and dove deep.

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The Pandemic happened.

And we turned parents into educators and tutors and supporters of the work that we want students to do. We deputized them as the over-the-shoulder work checkers that we always wanted them to be. Our partnership with them became so much more evenly split, for so many more families.

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The Pandemic happened.


Earlier this year, I wrote about the reasons that I had become disillusioned with traditional grading and assessment. In the intervening months, my team and I have created a much more effective and sensible system that has met with tremendous success. This article is one of three that share my biggest takeaways from the past year.

If you share my disdain for the way that traditional grades not only don’t encourage meaningful learning but actually obstruct it, you might be wondering how to start bringing change to your classroom. …


“I just really need to get an A.”

That was her only defense, not that there was much else she could have said. I had just caught her with her science notebook in her lap while she was supposed to be taking the chemistry unit test.

Up until that point I had believed her to be an excellent student — academic performance, effort, and character were all top-notch. …

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Paul Cancellieri

Science teacher and author who is passionate about grading, assessment, and feedback

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