I am an English teacher at Haslett High School in Haslett, Michigan, near Michigan State University. When not teaching, I write, read, rap, play music, and travel to the northern regions of our beautiful state accompanied by my lovely wife and seven children.
For years, my main interest in teaching has been finding alternatives to the outdated, idiosyncratic systems of assessment and grading that punish students and tell us little about what they can and cannot yet do.
As I consider the question, though, many of the old answers no longer make sense. In particular, the traditional answers regarding assessment, grading, and reporting are clearly detrimental to the learning process. In order to remain relevant, many of these practices will need to be replaced by ones that are more effective and humane, that unlock potential rather than hold it captive.