The Vermont Connection


In this essay I present a visual journal to reflect on my experiences as a new ungrader. In line with the theme of this journal, my visual essay provides reminders and possibilities for us to consider to help spark more joy in our work. The guiding question of the essay is how can new practices such as ungrading and visual journaling enhance our joy and support students? The essay begins with a brief overview of three elements that anchor the essay: ungrading, arts-based methods, and visual journaling. Then, the visual journaling process, product, and an analysis is presented. The essay ends by revisiting the guiding question and presenting possibilities for educators to consider when engaging with arts-based practices.