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Conference on Educational Leadership

Conference on Educational Leadership

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Mark Barnes

The Student-Centered Classroom

About the Presenter

Mark Barnes is a 20-year classroom teacher and creator of the Results Only Learning Environment (ROLE), a progressive, student-centered classroom that eliminates all traditional teaching methods, including grades. While transforming his classroom into a ROLE, Barnes has also revolutionized K–12 web-based instruction by bringing private student websites into his classroom—an extension of school into cyberspace.

Barnes has developed five online courses on digital strategies for educators, taught through two accredited colleges in Ohio. A popular speaker and presenter, Barnes is also a Discovery Education Network Star Educator, honored for his work in education technology.

Role Reversal by Mark Barnes

Role Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in the Student-Centered Classroom

Mark Barnes


De-Grade Your Classroom and Create Mastery Learning with Narrative Feedback

Recorded February 28, 2013

What if you never placed a point, percentage or letter grade on your students’ assignments and projects?What would assessment look like? Mark Barnes not only wants you to consider these questions, he wants you to consider a game-changing move away from traditional grading to a progressive system of narrative feedback that creates mastery learning.


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  • Abena_Bailey 2 years ago

    Getting learners to grade themselves - excellent idea. I use Google Docs already for feedback but I hadn't thought of using links within the errors to guide learners further: genius. Using something like alongside would reduce the need to create more learning materials. Definitely worth exploring. Thanks.