This week, we are talking about the idea of having multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate learning. We're curious as to why the one-and-done mentality still persists in education these days and how we might begin to address resistance and shift mindsets and culture to a system that values learning over grades.
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- One-and-done vs multiple chances mentality
- Mastery-based grading and MCP needs the opportunity for multiple attempts to demonstrate learning
- We still see a lot of "I teach it once, then we move on" or "you only get one chance"
- Our job is to educate/teach - it's about learning and the learning process
- All students CAN succeed and everyone learns at different paces
- Disconnect between reality of learning and the real world - in the real world, there are plenty of examples of multiple opportunities
- Focus on student learning and try, fail, learn mentality (not all students are university-bound)
- This year is tough, lots of stress around academics, grading, safety, etc
- This year will teach us the lessons that we need to take forward
- Grading is one of the areas of teaching that we still have control over; this is why conversations around grading practices are challenging
- Strategies/Ideas to shift mindsets and culture:
- Begin with conversations
- Have a clear idea of your WHY
- Don't take things personally
- Reach out to those willing and open to new ideas (focus on your innovators & early adopters first)
- Give space for thinking and processing
- Answer questions (consider an FAQ doc for yourself)
- Keep in mind - lots of people need proof of concept FIRST
- Lead by example and get in the weeds!
- Have a game plan/big picture idea
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