I have just read “Grading Smarter, Not Harder” by Myron Dueck. I find myself recommending it everywhere I visit, particularly in schools and districts where there is a reluctance to change assessment and grading traditions – i.e. everywhere! The power of Dueck’s book is in his firsthand experience of the change process, as both classroom teacher and administrator. The themes that emerge for me are firstly, that change is difficult and secondly, that change takes time. But Dueck raises every objection that we have all heard and responds with his own solutions.
Submitted by Ken O’Connor
I am reading Myron Dueck’s “Grading Smarter, Not Harder” again. I read it when he asked me to write the Foreword and I am enjoying it again. Still feel the same as I wrote then”
This book made me laugh and cry because the stories Myron tells about teachers and students, especially those about students, speak so powerfully to the positive impacts of assessment and grading when they are done well, and the negative impacts when they are done badly, with the latter sadly being true for most traditional assessment and grading.”