Day 160 (of 186) low grades motivating?
Even in the 1960s there was an understanding that letter grades themselves are not motivating. They can cause injury. They can lead to a disconnect from school because the learning is not as values as task completion. We might like to pretend that “chasing grades” can be motivating, but more often they cause more harm than good. Always have and still do. They may still be part of our system, but we need to make sure we are mindful in how they are shared and what they actually represent – task completion vs authentic growth in a topic (and trickier part: if a schema allows an “easy A”….is there any learning being done other than learning how to play a “game of school”
From my dads journal: