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Project 180: The Story


It all began two years ago when my student Megan Lavin called me out. “Hey, Sy, you’re going to do an Independent Learning Project, too, right?” “Uh, sure,” I responded. And that set things in…

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Project 180: 2017 – 2018 Grading Overview


Hi, all. Some readers have asked about next year’s grading since I am not going to use the give-’em-all-an-A approach in year two of Project 180. So, I put together this “Blog Graphic” using Canva…

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A Meeting of Minds: Planning to Change the World


Met with these two awesome young ladies this morning to hammer out learning targets. Doesn’t feel like work when there’s passion involved. So excited to take a  unified gradeless journey  with these two next year….

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Project 180 Takes a Turn Down Under


Recently, Project 180 connected with Mr. Abe Moore and his class in the City of Glacier Park in South Australia. Abe, a fellow teacher, blogger, and Teachers Going Gradeless member came across Project 180 in the Twitterverse. Already on his…

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Coming Soon! Reflection’s Reality: A Summer Series


  The perversity of such an approach was seductive; what was there to stop me, aside from my own fear of  being “unscientific”? I knew that if I told people I was studying “what it’s…

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As the Turtle Turns: Project 180, Day 180


And then it was over. No big fanfare. No bells. No whistles. No fireworks.  No welcoming committee. Just a weary traveler 180 days farther down a road without end, coming to a quiet rest, so…

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Last of the Treasure


Last few coins. Had to type Ralphe’s. His handwriting… There ought to be a hundred things I should say. Too many times in the past I’ve stood by and said nothing. I have let the…

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More Treasure



The Most Important Final I Have Ever Given: Project 180, Day 178


Last fall before saying anything to my new group of kids, I began handing out wooden A’s that I had made over the summer. Along with the A, I gave and read to them a…

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Try to Fail: Project 180, Day 176


As I look back on the trail that now fades behind me as I come to the end of this year’s 180 journey, I feel the above graphic reflects my pursuit of, if not constant,…

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