To Grade or Not to Grade: One Faculty Member's Journey to Ungrading (writing, that is)

Patricia Elam

April 23, 2019

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Student writing is often agonizing to grade because there are so many variables. Some students are naturally gifted writers and can dash off a quality paper fairly easily. Other students struggle and often work very hard but may still not be able to pull off a paper that equates with the sheer talent of her/his classmate. Additionally, students, upon receiving a paper back from the teacher, tend to immediately look for the grade, bypassing all the important, painstakingly rendered comments. I hated my grading life until I learned from a respected colleague that she no longer graded writing. Research shows many instructors (and several institutions) are in agreement. So, I stopped. Let's discuss.