Grade Smarter Not Harder: Updated Grading Practices That Are Both Fair and Practical


Speaker: Myron Dueck

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Webinar Description

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Many teachers agree in principle that grading needs to change because it’s often unfair to some of their students. But, they are reluctant to leave behind traditional grading practices until they’re convinced the new grading practices work as well or better.

Join Myron Dueck, working educator and author of ‘Grading Smarter Not Harder, for a 2-hour webinar that will persuade you that grading reforms are not just  “the right thing to do.” They also are very practical and effective in the classroom.

In this compelling, fast-paced webinar, Myron will share new practical solutions to many grading dilemmas such as late or incomplete work or how to handle homework. He will describe experiences with his own students when he dropped more conventional grading practices for practices that reflected his beliefs about fair grading.

In an era when poverty, stress, anxiety and a host of other issues unfairly and unethically interfere with the ability of some students’ to earn good grades, Myron makes a very persuasive case for putting the focus on supporting learning and fostering better student-teacher relationships.

This webinar is appropriate for all grade levels. Participants will walk away with many user-friendly templates that can be quickly modified for use across all age groups and discipline areas!

Webinar Topics:

  • The case for common sense–why we need to focus on true learning and stop penalizing kids for factors beyond their control
  • Transparency–making assessment criteria clear to students from the start of a unit plan
  • Setting high-quality learning targets
  • Why retesting works–how to keep track of reassessment data.
  • Re-quizzing–check for mastery without increasing your workload
  • Multiple choice 2.0–how to be more creative with multiple choice to assess higher level thinking
  • How to guide students in self-assessment of creative projects with pre-determined outcomes
  • What to do about homework


2 reviews for Grade Smarter Not Harder: Updated Grading Practices That Are Both Fair and Practical

  1. 5 out of 5


    Very helpful in my role as assistant supt. in my work with curriculum coordinators, teachers, parents, some of whom have reservations about adapting the 100 point grading scale to minimize the detrimental effect of the grade below 50. We are all learning in our system together to support students better.

    Myron’s examples were real and his lens of compassion and best practice made the points clear.

    -Donna M. Dunar, Assistant Superintendent, C&1, K-12, Pennsbury School District, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

  2. 5 out of 5


    Great session – concrete examples and plenty of practical advice – fresh look at our work as assessors – LOVE the book!

    […] The stories connected to the learning are strong reminders of how we build knowledge – probably won’t forget the map portion and who ‘owns’ the coal! Not enough space to write down all that we will do – have already indicated that this book is a go-to resource for our administrators and schools.

    -Lori Jeschke, Learning Superintendent, Prairie Spirit School Division, Saskatchewan, Canada

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About the Speaker

Myron Dueck

Myron Dueck is a vice-principal and teacher in School District 67 in British Columbia, Canada.  He has previously taught in Manitoba and the South Island of New Zealand.  Over the past 17 years, Myron has a taught a variety of subjects to students in  grades 3 to 12.  Beginning in 2006, Myron developed a number of assessment and grading systems with his senior classes that provide students great opportunity to show what they know and adapt to the feedback they receive.

As a teaching and administrative leader, Myron has been a part of district work groups and school assessment committees that have further broadened his access to innovative steps taken by others.  Myron has presented in both Los Angeles and Chicago at the ASCD Annual Conference and has twice been published in EL Magazine. His first book, Grading Smarter, Not HarderAssessment Strategies that Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn was released by ASCD in July 2014.


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