We may take as our guide here John Dewey’s observation that the content of a lesson is the least important thing about learning. As he wrote in Experience and Education: “Perhaps the greatest of all pedagogical fallacies is the notion that a person learns only what he is studying at the time. Collateral learning in the way of formation of enduring attitudes… may be and often is more important than the spelling lesson or lesson in geography or history… For these attitudes are fundamentally what count in the future.” In other words, the most important thing one learns is always something about how one learns. As Dewey wrote in another place, we learn what we do.

~Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death

Grade Abatement Profiles with Universal Skills/Traits

Other Daily Resources

For students: Click here when you need direction(s).


Three Steps to RepeatSemester CalendarClassroom Posters

Course Work

Instructional posts, syllabus, calendar, etc, for each course.


Recent Comments | Static page listing the 42 most recent comments from students and teachers.

AP English Language & Comp. | Instructional posts for the course, organized by date.

  • Course Syllabus | Also covers what an ELA Makerspace is.
  • Calendar | Updated overview of skill- and trait-driven units of study.

English 11 | Instructional posts for the course, organized by date.

  • Course Syllabus | Also covers what an ELA Makerspace is.
  • Calendar | Updated overview of skill- and trait-driven units of study.

Essential Info

Essays and other instructional guides for students, parents, and teachers.


✰ Guide to Feedback (and More) | Probably the best example of how interstitial instruction works, plus it serves as a thorough breakdown of assessment and feedback. Start here, if you’re new.

GAP Scoring Basics | An up-to-date overview of the grade abatement scoring process. It condenses or replaces some of the resources below.

Quick Guide to Parental Involvement | How parents can be more involved outside of report cards.

WIP GAP Triptych | Explains how we generate a GAP score every three weeks (and why).

Grade Abatement Profiles (Tiered) | Copies of the profiles used for assessment, but broken up into tiers. Includes notes on moving between the tiers.

Grade Abatement Protocol | The end-of-quarter protocol for determining a GAP score. Condensed elsewhere, but still very, very useful.

Pareto Project Guide | Complete guide to our version of 20 Time or Genius Hour projects.

How Grading Work in Grade Abatement | An essay explaining how grade abatement works (from 2016).

Mind the GAP: Sisyphean High 9.3.0 | An overview of updates to the paradigm shifts in here. From November of 2016, but useful whenever it’s read.

Head Training: The 36th Chamber | An essay that defines and explores interstitial teaching. Critical to understanding the rhythm of the course.

Curriculum Overview | A rundown of some of what we do and why we do it. Showcases a lot of iterative elements in earlier stages.

Sisyphean High | A separate hub with many more materials. Again, showcases earlier iterations.


Previous attempts to get the boulder up the hill.



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