Friday, June 8, 2012

Professionals Do Not Use Marks to Motivate Learners

Once in a while I read a blog that is memorable, one that I believe colleagues and graduate students in the Faculty of Education might appreciate. Yesterday, I was sent this blog by a fellow board member at CEA, entitled "Professionals Don't Use Marks to Motivate".

Dr. Bruce Bearisto offers a timely and well written perspective on assessment for learning. In this post, Bruce connects the recent story of an Alberta teacher suspended for giving a student a zero with sound learning and assessment principles and professional practice. Bruce's blogpost is well worth a read, and will likely provoke some thoughtful discussion about assessment in our faculty. Dr. Bearisto is a retired Superintendent of Schools in BC, who currently serves as an adjunct professor at SFU and is a member of the Canadian Education Association Board.

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