Creating a Culture of Growth! (no – not bacteria)
With students in-school, mixed, or online, I’ve really noticed the mindset is “to get 100%” (or the highest mark possible) rather than “to develop skills.” This has become even more apparent on assignments and tests submitted online, where students easily have the opportunity to access answers to questions that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to complete. There are apps out there (Photomath and Microsoft Math, to name a few) that do the work for the students and explain the steps; handy for learning purposes – a nightmare when it comes to evaluation.
Students (and their parents – and maybe even some admin), in general, are more concerned with getting good grades than the learning process and are completely out of tune with the fact that good grades go hand-in-hand with a student who has taken the time to develop the skills. I would be a much happier camper if everyone could get on board with good grades as a consequence of hard work – rather than the end all be all goal.
Out with the performance-obsessed! In with the resilient problem-solvers!