Klarinet Archive - Posting 000346.txt from 1998/04
From: Dee Hays <deerich@-----.net>
Subj: Re: lesson motivation
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 20:10:43 -0400
Bill Hausmann wrote:
> Who ever said that the grades were supposed to be feedback for the
> STUDENTS? Actually, they are good feedback, but traditionally ignored.
> The grades are to report to the PARENTS what the child is doing. They also
> go into the child's record for FUTURE teachers to see. That is why,
> whether A, B, C, D, or 1, 2, 3, 4 or Star, Dot, Square, Triangle, the
> grading system MUST be OBJECTIVE. If you give a child an "A" solely
> because of his/her superior effort in a misguided attempt to boost
> "self-esteem," the teacher next year will be in for a shock when s/he
> discovers that, effort or not, the kid is dumb as a post!
> None of the above is intended as an endorsement of current grading schemes,
> but only as a warning to those who would eliminate their most useful traits
> in attempting to replace them with something else. In other words, don't
> throw out the baby with the bathwater. Find something IN ADDITION to
> standard grading, perhaps, to serve as motivation to the students.
Very well put. As you have stated, grades are to let OTHER people know how well
student performs. Motivation is a separate issue. You can see this in the
classrooms. Teachers who can motivate students will have a high percentage with
good performance. If the teacher cannot motivate the students, only those who
are self motivated or motivated by some outside influence will perform well.