Grow beyond grades.
Now, take the type of motivation that inspires you not only to teach, but to spend free time honing your craft, and compare it to the tactics often used to motivate students. High marks are dangled as rewards while low marks are wielded as punishments. Pizza hut offers free pizza to promote reading (and pizza, of course).
Finding ways to save time and practice self-care are important as we move away from grades. After all, tallying points on a multiple-choice quiz takes less energy than giving feedback on a piece of writing or conferencing with students…
I was never quite certain if my students actually took the time to read or if they understood my comments. I didn’t know if they had questions or concerns. Assessing in isolation seems empty.
This episode features an interview with Starr Sackstein, author of the book Peer Feedback in the Classroom and Hacking Assessment.