Grading policies in secondary classrooms that encourage and reward learning. Becky Piscitella Jade Zatek. Goals. Think about what works and what doesn’t work in your classroom Consider trying something new Consider participating in a research study. What my students say.
“This is different than any other math class I have been in….”
“I feel like I have learned so much this year…..”
“I finally feel like I am getting it….”
“This is the first time I can remember learning math….”
Participation reward learning: 30 points each quarter. Everyone starts out with 30 points and it decreases if necessary. Points will be deducted for use of cellphones, listening devices, game devices, and/or displays of any behavior determined to be disruptive to the learning process during instruction or class activities.Participation
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No More Permission to Forget
Retests that resulted in a better score: 87% each exam.
the same score: 4%
a worse score: 9%
If your original score could be replaced by a lower retest score, how would this affect your anxiety during a retest?
Would you be less likely to take a retest if your score could be replaced by a lower one?
Does the option of a retest motivate you to try to learn from your mistakes and prepare for a retest?
“The purpose of this evaluation study will be to discover the if the option of a retest for each math test reduces anxiety, increases math self-efficacy, and improves test performance for adolescents in high school.“
Evaluation study- A study determines the relative value of a product, procedure, or program
Self-efficacy – Math Anxiety – Motivation
(An Applied Research Approach)
Self-efficacy, or one’s perceived ability to correctly complete a course of action (Bandura, 1986, 1997), is central to social cognitive theory. Self-efficacy beliefs influence how much effort and time is spent when confronting obstacles, thereby influencing motivation for pursuing or forgoing prolonged investment in a difficult task. Self-efficacy beliefs also influence resilience when faced with adversity and emotional reactions, affecting whether one views stressful situations as worse than reality, potentially contributing to math anxiety, or whether one approaches stressful situations with a calm demeanor.
Applied research- Applied research refers to scientific study and research that seeks to solve practical problems.