My Journey with going Gradeless continues

As many of you know I have been on a three year journey to throw out Grades in my classroom.  Recently, I was able to be a part of a great PD day with the fabulous Starr Sackstien. I have written some posts about how much she has influenced me and my journey and meeting her in real life didn’t disappoint.

Being in year three of going gradeless I still felt like I was missing something in the process.  I mean I already was having students read the curriculum, write their own learning goals and success criteria and finish up with a quarterly letter to their parents but the process still felt like I was missing a piece of the puzzle.

In listening to Starr talk she mentioned the idea of tracking feedback with her students. It was at the moment that a little light bulb went off. Tracking, so simple yet so easy to forget and do.

So this year I have decided to make a simple google doc. The doc had a chart that included the date, title of assignment, what I said to the students and what they think it meant. I also included a met box with a link to a piece of evidence. This small piece of work has made a big difference in my students reflection process. Now they are able to look back and set better goals as they see which piece of feedback they haven’t been able to meet. This makes goal setting a whole lot easier.

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I just thought I would share this with everyone as it was really helpful for me. If you have any other suggestions about assessment love to hear from you.



Author: MrSoClassroom

I am a grade school Teacher, promoting creativity and exploration in all of my students. My classroom is always in a state of Inquiry.

5 thoughts on “My Journey with going Gradeless continues”

  1. So very simple but so important. I have had students track feedback in the past (when i gave grades) but my trackers never had that last column – so important. I will have to think about how this can be used in my classes again.
    Thanks for continuing to share, Jonathan! The sharing is key to inviting others to explore this kind of shift.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Amy. Happy to share…finding time has been my problem. Lol. But you are right. We do a lot as teachers but putting it all together is the most important parts. Having students show where they have met the feedback, I think, is the key to setting goals. Thanks for the comment and hope your journey is going well too.


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