A short & sweet post on student success & failure…

‘Students should experience their successes and failures not as reward and punishment but as information’.

This is the saying of Joe Bower (@joe_bower), a teacher in Alberta, Canada.  He has a brilliant blog where he expands on his views on grading, homework and discipline to name but a few.

I have supported, for a good while now, that levels in the subject I teach, PE are redundant and serve no purpose.  I propose that by providing students with a feedback rich environment where strengths and areas for improvement are highlighted, discussed, explained & worked upon is the most effective way for students to progress and improve without the burden of being graded or compared against each other constantly.

Think back to your school days.  What was the first thing you looked at when you received an assignment or a piece of homework back from your teacher?  Was it the comments and feedback? Or was it the grade or level awarded?  I think we all know the answer….

Grades focus on short term results.  Great feedback focuses on long term development.  Surely the latter is the cornerstone of great learning and a great education?

We must remember Rome was not built in a day.  We must, as educators, promote learning as a lifelong process and not an immediate product that is either poor, brilliant or somewhere in between!

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One Response to A short & sweet post on student success & failure…

  1. It’s hard to search out knowledgeable individuals on this subject, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

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