As an introduction to Debate/Editorial #3: Grading, I’m asking you to consider the Sudbury Valley School. Look at the YouTube video below. (There are a lot of other videos out there on Youtube as well, and their website -- http://www.sudval.com/ -- is informative. I encourage you to look through them rather than carry superficial conclusions through the end of the week.) Since you have something for the Heintzelman contest due to TurnitIn.com on Tuesday, your only other homework is to watch the video and, in a brief but dense paragraph, react to whether or not you think that school is a good idea and/or it would be a good fit for you. Submit that paragraph as a comment to this post.
The readings for Tuesday night and Wednesday night – “Hooked on Learning” by Alfie Kohn and “Grading and Reporting Achievement” by Tomlinson and McTighe – were in today's handout. We’ll talk about what you should do with them during class on Tuesday.
Also, you'll need a copy of Hamlet in a few weeks. We will use the Folger Shakespeare Library version. The way you can tell you have the right version is by the book number, or ISBN. Check the back of the book you want to purchase against the following numbers (or just ask at your local bookseller):
Mass Market edition ISBN-10: 074347712X or ISBN-13: 978-0743477123
Trade Paper edition ISBN-10: 0743482786 or ISBN-13: 978-0743482783
This can be a copy that you borrow from some other senior or the library. You 'll need to be able to bring this copy to class each day over several weeks, and you'll need to have access to it for homework.