Students say the best things... we just have to make sure we're listening. What are your kids saying?
Extra credit has no place in a mastery classroom. We must shift the conversation once again to learning instead of points.
In the "no-grades" classroom, student conversations about learning are a must. Whether formal (like this) or informal (in class briefly), students must be getting focused feedback all the time.
Patience and repetition go a long way in the classroom, far further than technology or gimmicks. If we want to reach all of our students, we have to realize that they won't all get it on the first pass.
How effective is the feedback you provide? Can you track the progress of students based on that feedback? Too often, all the responsibility is placed on the teacher and therefore meaningful progress doesn't happen. How can we empower students to become accountable for their own progress based on the feedback provided?
How can one person adequately provide 30 someones with what they need in any 40 minute period?
Being responsible for helping so many students and raising a child is challenging. There never seems to be enough time in the day. Factor in the ridiculously high expectations I set for myself and I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a struggle.
Change is challenging regardless of what the change is. We should never change for the sake of it, so if it's worth the effort, then every possible energy must be given to making the shift happen as it is in the interest of students.
How do parents feel about giving up grades? Read here to find out tips and reactions from parents.
But what will students say about a class without a grades? Read on to see their reactions.