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Out Here on the Frontier: Project 180, Day 167


Yesterday, I offered a glimpse of our grading plan for next year, asking for feedback, and I was pleased to have fellow gradeless frontiersman and Washington State teacher Aaron Blackwelder pose a few questions about…

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Sneak Peek: Project 180, Day 166


Here is a preview of our grading policy that we will implement next year in all sophomore language arts courses, both regular and honors. Of course, the Focus Standards will vary some between regular and…

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I Reject Your Reality: Project 180, Day 165


  “Ironically, neither this narrower grade distribution nor a century of research and experience in scoring students’ writing seems to have improved the reliability of the percentage grades assigned by teachers. Recently, Hunter Brimi (2011)…

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Teamwork: Project 180, Day 164


Yesterday, after several early-morning meetings, Ms. Tamura, Ms. Alderete, and I put the finishing touches on the document that outlines our unified approach for grading next year. And while I am pleased with the product,…

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For Them: Project 180, Day 163


Best job. Tough job. It is especially tough this time of year. ┬áBut despite the challenges, teachers lead blessed lives. Not sure I could/would do this job if not for the kids. They keep me…

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The Loser Test: Project 180, Day 162


Got interviewed again yesterday. No flattering, make-me-look-better-than-I-really-am video included. No preparation. No anticipation. I was put on the spot. Walking back from the office during my prep yesterday morning, I was hailed by Tony, Tony…

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Keepin’ it Real: Project 180, Day 161


After a week of “heavy” speeches, Sam provided some much needed levity with his speech on the injustice of parents on social media (see below). It gave us all a good laugh. I love it…

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Brilliance: Project 180, Day 160


So many great moments yesterday. I want to share two. For the speeches, the kids had to select an injustice to address. We loosely defined injustice as a wrong to be righted. It could be…

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Life’s a Roller Coaster: Project 180, Day 159


Peaks and valleys. Heavy heart today. I will be attending a dear, nearly lifelong friend’s father’s funeral this afternoon. Hard to go from the high of the past few days to the low today. As…

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Pep in My Step: Project 180, Day 158


Morning, all. Yesterday was a super day for me. Project 180 was validated–to a degree–by this year’s SBA scores. NEWESD 101 and STCU honored me with the above clip in their “101 in 101” campaign…

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