If schools prioritized student needs, we would design a grading system that motivates students and helps them understand their areas for growth.
Who wouldn’t like the idea of student-centered learning? The very name captures everything that education is supposed to be: an experience designed around students. While few would argue against student-centered learning, educators still have a long way to go in designing a system that matches student needs and interests. A common objection to designing student-centered …
When we stand in front of a classroom, we can envision the possibility, of an uprising that will lead to an out-of-control classroom. But there are also side-effects to tightly controlling student behavior. Once we take ownership of rules, decisions, and sources of motivation, our students no longer need to.