For too long, the purpose of assessment has been to collect points for a gradebook. As a high school English teacher, Sarah Zerwin decided to uphold a better purpose for assessment: learning. On the episode, Sarah discusses many “point-less” assessment practices such as emphasizing reflection, dialogue, and process. Listen to learn how to shift from a culture of compliance towards a culture of authentic engagement.

Significant Quotes:

“I can’t be your best teacher if I can’t see what you’re thinking.”

Sarah M. Zerwin

“There is no done; there’s just deadlines.”

Sarah M. Zerwin

“They have to trust me that I’m not going to play gotcha with grades, and I have to trust that students will do work, that they want to do the work, without the accountability of grades.”

Sarah M. Zerwin