As I was going over prep materials for my Teach for America application, I began thinking about tests and assessments. This is an idea I had for how to approach assessments as a learning tool that can foster feelings of success in all students, not just the students that do well on the test.
Testing is the most efficient means of measuring student abilities. Each student, if satisfied, is free to accept the grade he or she earned on the assessment.
If the student is not satisfied, he or she can demonstrate an understanding of the material and I can give feedback and modify the test score to reflect true mastery of the subject matter. This gives students a “second-chance” and an ability to turn a perceived failure into demonstrable success, not only redeeming themselves but building concrete understanding of the lesson.
Extra credit points will also be freely given out for exemplary performance and for demonstrating command of course content. This includes helping peers achieve and learn the material.