My everyday work in education is some of the most rewarding work I could ask for. It is also the most frustrating work I could ask for as well. My frustration rarely is guided toward students, but instead the unrealistic and extrinsically motivated world we have set them up in. Students...highly motivated, mildly motivated, and even unmotivated....all measure their success on the evaluative tool called the GRADING RUBRIC. Every homework, quiz, test, exam are all pointed toward the requirements and the ABCDF of the GRADE. Even when the most creative teachers work to eliminate the GRADE and focus on authentic understanding, we are forced to live in that system.
I celebrate the opportunity to challenge their status quo and continually let them know
I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE GRADE!!!
There is NO rubric for your everyday work in the real world of life. There IS YOUR ability to decide what is successful, what is hard work, and what is giving your all.
Parents, students, and yes, even the educational system, needs to engage in change and deemphasize work towards a false and ultimately meaningless and extrinsic reward.
We need to begin using language that allows students to have the chance to value other things as well...dare I say MORE IMPORTANT THINGS!
Quality, Understanding, Collaboration, Creativity, Interdisciplinary Learning, Interpersonal Relationships, Problem Solving, Discipline, Story, Growth, Engagement, Balance, Vision
These words are more important to our life's work. Tasks, procedures, and information can be taught in the moment...that is why we send people to training.
Success and work in education MUST STOP being defined by numbers and letters.
Let's teach the future about learning for quality understanding through their own intrinsic motivation so that they stop using the rubric and researching how to GET an A.
Let's all start wondering what QUALITY WORK deserves CELEBRATION and REWARD!
How do YOU motivate your team?
Thanks for stopping by. These are my musings on a number of leadership thoughts. It is my joy to expound upon my experiences and values.