I was working on an assignment today for the school culture class I am taking as part of the Admin Credential program at Teachers College of San Joaquin. I was supposed to be writing a vision statement. Researching that brought me to the web site of Minarets High School in O’neals, California. Minarets is one of those schools that appears to be doing it right. I see them doing amazing things in amazing ways. I thought I would find their vision statement and “borrow” it. You know, use it for inspiration. I was disappointed. I couldn’t find their vision statement. I did find this though. A grading policy that really got me thinking about my own grading policy.
I really struggle with my grading policy. I change it every year. I want to to measure and reflect what my students are able to do, not how well they sit in their chairs for an hour, or find the right answers in the text book. I also want them to be able to see where they are at, grade wise, all the time. I hope to someday have this figured out, but I know I am not there yet.
One of the things that stood out to me in the Minarets policy was the way they reward quality work that is done early:
“One of the most important lessons for life: Being done ahead of time. You can’t be good at something if it’s always last minute.”
My students need this lesson. So I decided I need to adopt “Pro Points.” My new Pro Points policy is here. I will be springing this on the students on Monday. Now I need to get back to that vision statement I was doing.
2 thoughts on “Pro Points”
How did this go over with your kids? I've been considering the idea since I saw the conversation on Twitter. I discussed it with my principal today and he wants me to present it to the staff tomorrow. I know at least half will be on board right away. Another benefit I can see for our kids is that those kids who do turn good projects in early can present early, giving a clear picture of the expectations to students who may be struggling with the project (those "in the suck", as Corippo calls it). It would almost serve as a reteaching tool before the assignment is due.
That is awesome! It went over really well when I presented it. New sense of urgency, and that is awesome! I would love to hear from your experience.