One Teachers Journey Testing Out Ken O’Connor’s A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades — Fix 15

Fix 15: Don’t leave students out of the grading process. Involve students; they can and should play key roles in assessment and grading and promote achievement.

Brilliant.  Happy to end this journey on a positive note note.  In my last post I was questioning leaving my students more “in the dark” so to speak about assessment, but I’m pleased to see that this isn’t a helpful practice.  It’s nice to see my instincts and / or training are largely congruent to Ken’s 15 Fixes.

So, unfortunately with some of my students, I don’t feel that their involvement in assessment promotes achievement… yet.  This is more of a longer term cultural shift for them I think, and it just takes time and consistency.  Hopefully another year at the same school and the same crew of kids brings out that ownership in their own learning.  

On that note I’m going to cut it short and say thanks for tuning in.  I had fun with this project, and I always enjoy looking critically at my own practice.  I strive to find better ways to engage my students and help them feel a sense of pride and curiosity around my lessons and their school.  I think assessment in general is a real driver of both positive and negative associations with school, and I’m hoping that these 15 Fixes “rekindle the fire” so to speak about your own forward thinking in your classroom.  Have a great summer!

 

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