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"Alternate Grades"

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Summary

Students brainstorm ways to assess their work to make grading consistent, fair, meaningful, noncompetitive, and supportive of learning.

Instructional Strategies

1. Consider assigning grades based on absolute standards and not on a youthÕs achievement as defined by the teacher or compared to other youth. 2. Critically examine grading systems and identify the reasons for and value of grading. 3. Have students brainstorm ways to assess their work and think about how to make grading consistent, fair, meaningful, noncompetitive, and supportive of learning.

Participant Tasks

1. Critically examine grading systems and identify the reasons for and value of grading. 2. Brainstorm ways to assess work and think about how to make grading consistent, fair, meaningful, noncompetitive, and supportive of learning.

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