I taught an English honors class in high school where the constant question was “What is my grade?” The students were much more focused on their grades than on their learning.
How do we help students to focus on their learning and not their grades? Even if we give them their grades for each homework, test, and project as soon as possible though an online program such as Blackboard, they still are focused on the grade. To change the paradigm, we can use standards or goals checklists with the “grades” of AP -advanced, P-proficient, B-basic, and S-starting. We word process the checklist and give them a copy either physically or digitally. Students can check off their goals as they achieve them. They can see their progression. We can conference with them about their progress and what they need to close the learning gap. These students know their “grades”.
How do help students to see their progress in learning goals?