So how does this apply to grading for growth? Most of the listening activities come with the online textbook, so students can see their score upon completion of an activity. I have them record their first try score on their paper, and then they have the choice to redo it until they are satisfied with their score. They need to record their best score and the number of retries they took. In my online grade book, I write a note in the comment section like "Bobby took advantage of the retake option and grew from 25 to 35." Using the word "grew" shows my kids that I value hard work and improvement while also indicating to both me and their parents that they didn't quite get it the first time around and so yes, they are being appropriately challenged and do not need to move into a harder class 😉 . It also gives me information to show parents if their child never does the retake and could be putting in more effort.
Have you used any strategies in your classroom that promote growth or mastery? Please share below so we can learn from each other!