The book is aimed at educators, and in it, the authors tell the stories of why and how they went gradeless. While this might seem like an invitation for non-teacher readers to skip the rest of this article, I want to encourage you to skip the next paragraph, but to stick with me, because parents, mentors, and coaches play a significant role in shaping how students think about grades.
Teaching is not for the faint of heart. The work professional educators do is immensely gratifying, of course. There is clearly deep joy for teachers called to this work, or they wouldn’t continue to do it. But there is a lot of challenge in this emotional labor.
The Learning Cycle is an intriguing collection of theoretical and anecdotal reinforcements for the concept that students are spiritual, emotional, social, and behavioral beings as well as intellectual beings.
“Teaching Christianly” remains a stimulating and ongoing challenge for us all in our undergraduate courses—I haven’t met a Christian college where that’s not the case.
The opportunity to help train the next generation of mathematics teachers is what pulled me away from K-12 teaching in order to equip future teachers. I want to be a part of training the next generation of mathematics teachers to address the injustices that far too many students have of not seeing play, beauty, truth, justice, and love in mathematics.
God is the greatest teacher there is and inviting God in on a daily basis can lead us to knew understanding.