Short wins or long win: Go for the Short!

As I was watching the Olympics, I was torn between watching Phelps and May-Walsh.  Phelps won a medal for each swim race he was in.  May-Walsh had to  play many different teams to advance in beach volleyball; no medals were awarded until the final match.   Do we help our students to have  short wins (the mini-goals within each standard) or do we wait until the end of the year for the long win? Do we structure our mini-goal assessments so that students can see how much they have learned (advanced)?  Do our students feel like champions after each mini-goal? Do we celebrate their short wins?  Do we have the students keep a list of all of their short wins so that they can see their progress on their learning journey?  Let’s have our students win many Gold medals for their excellent standards-based learning!


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