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By Stephen Tchudi

Comparing a student's development as a author calls for notable a fragile stability among the student's wishes and the school's wishes. This number of essays deals numerous cutting edge concepts, concluding with rules for formulating plans of motion for introducing grading possible choices in school rooms, colleges, and districts.

A number of essays, assembled via the NCTE's Committee on choices to Grading scholar Writing.

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You sound fine," he said. " I did? Fine? Well, was staying in tune something I could learn? I tried. Tentatively, at first. Yes. Actually, when I put some attention toward the problem, it was possible. And when I stopped being afraid, the tension went out of my throat, the cracking in my voice stopped, and something resembling a song emerged. I wasn't all that bad. When I believed that I might be able to sing, suddenly I was able to forget my self-consciousness enough to think about where the tune was going.

When I believed that I might be able to sing, suddenly I was able to forget my self-consciousness enough to think about where the tune was going. When I allowed myself to feel the music, I experienced something akin to pleasure. I'm not looking toward a career in opera, but singing in the bathroom has suddenly became an uplifting experi­ ence again. That is the kind of experience I want my writing students to have. I want to give students reasons to believe that they can do welL I want to reward them for trying.

After all, the goal is not to help everyone succeed; in the hierarchical mind-set, assessment must sort and rank those whom it tests. When we accept traditional guidelines for what data to examine, for how to interpret them, or for which standards to uphold, our classroom procedures hold inequities in place. For this reason, growth-biased teaching can attract disap­ proval from above. But threats to growth-biased teaching come not only from the top. Hierarchies place all people in competition with each other, undermining their ability to trust, so threats to such teaching come from grade-addicted students, from peers insecure about change, from parents who want their children to "win" the race to the top-in other words, from throughout the hierarchy of nested hierarchies that struc­ ture postindustrial society.

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