Student Success

Happy New Year!

My HMW question has evolved to become:

“How might we shift our students’ perspective of success to be more reflective of learning and less mark based?”

This stemmed from: "How might we help redefine success and promote a love of learning and not an unhealthy focus on final marks?" At our last F2F, I had a good "post-it" chat with @adamcaplan who posed the question “how might we promote a love of [anything]?”, which got me to wonder if it is even possible, or does a love for something need to be intrinsic, and as teachers we inspire, facilitate, assist in this process?

I am in the process of asking my students how they define success in the classroom, if this definition changes from class to class and if their definition of success has changed over the years.

Stay tuned...

6 thoughts on “Student Success

  1. I am really intrigued by how you plan to look at how student perspectives shift from class to class and over time. Can't wait to see what you find out!

  2. I love that you are asking your students how they define success and bringing them into this process. This is such an important aspect to look at and a question that I know many are trying to find an answer too! I can't wait to see how this progresses!

  3. I completely sympathize with you - it seems that whenever we ask students to reflect on their work, they have a hard time thinking about the actual skills and knowledge they were developing and they are only proud of work where they receive "good marks". I'm excited to hear what you learn from students when they are taking responsibility for their definition of success!

  4. You're asking a very tough question, Kathryn, but I guess that's what makes it worth trying to find the answer for. It sounds like you're wrestling with something similar to @jgravel. Try to connect and chat with her at some point on Friday. I look forward to hearing more about it!

  5. Hi Kathryn,
    Yes, as Michael mentioned, I am grappling with the same idea. I like that you opened the question with your students around defining success. I look forward to hearing about the feedback you got and what surprising responses you may have received.

  6. Hi Kathryn,
    To echo Michael - such a tough and interesting question! I look forward to hearing about what you have discovered and continue to discover during this process.

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