About: Amy.Hasinoff

Amy Hasinoff

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Capitalism and grading

Posted on: 10 Nov 2017

If we want our pedagogy to foster critical thinking and intellectual curiosity, then I’m increasingly convinced that traditional grading may be holding us back. In a recent review of Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials, Winant explains the author’s view of the relationship between education and neoliberal capitalism: Harris finds the world …

Experiments in self-assessment

Posted on: 24 Oct 2017

This semester, I’ve been experimenting with self-assessment. Students in my undergraduate 4000-level online course submit weekly self-assessments in which they fill out a chart proposing the number of points they think they’ve earned on their activities that week and they write a paragraph-long reflection of what they’ve learned and how they plan to improve. So …

Join the “Hacking Assessment” book club

Posted on: 31 Aug 2017

Are you interested in thinking about how to spend more time on student feedback and less on assigning and justifying grades? Please consider joining the Thinq.Studio book club for Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless in a Traditional Grades School. While the book is aimed at K12 teachers, we’ll be talking about how to apply …

What happens when you replace grades with a set of requirements?

Posted on: 14 Aug 2017

This weekend the NYT had a story about an alternative assessment model called mastery-based learning: “A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry.” Here’s how the article describes it: At M.S. 442, students are encouraged to focus instead on mastering a set of grade-level skills, like writing a scientific hypothesis or identifying …

Getting away from grades: Student self-assessment

Posted on: 06 Aug 2017

At DPL Vancouver after lunch one day, some colleagues and I had a great conversation with Kris Shaffer about grading. Many of us agreed that grading was one of our biggest challenges as teachers. We all talked about how the process of assigning (and justifying) grades seems to take our time and energy away from giving students …

Stories of teaching and change, part 3

Posted on: 30 Jul 2017

Story 3: “I still remember the day I learned that history is not progress. It was a history class about the Middle East, covering the decline of the Ottoman Empire. We read a social history book about that era that went into a lot of detail about the human suffering at the time. At one …

Stories of teaching and change, part 2

Posted on: 30 Jul 2017

Here’s the second story in response to the prompt, “tell me about a time a teaching/learning experience changed how you thought about something?” “I started my undergraduate education with an interest in human behavior, from a very biological perspective. I had read Desmond Morris’ books in high school, and he makes all these very detailed …