Day 131 (of 188) motivation? without grades?
I was very happy helping students improve their work today. We have been doing some writing for a contest…with a real deadline….
while I’m providing a lot of descriptive feedback and we are referring back to our BC Performance Standards, together we have been doing a lot of editing (self, peer, & me) in an ongoing manner (aka feedback loop) there has not been a desire from my students to “know what grade they’re getting”. Our focus is on ever-improving words, sentences & prose. There is no grade as a “motivator” – yet multiple edits are happily worked and reworked….
Sure there is the potential of a ‘prize’ at the end (always the highlight of a contest)- but that is based on voluntary participation. We are focused on creating better stories. For intrinsic growth. For continued practice to make future writing better and better. And if we happen to win a prize along the way, so be it!
Looking forward to add these to their eportfolios and share what they have accomplished as well as “next steps” to focus on as part of our students learning journey (not simply a mark assigned to task-completion).