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photo credit: familymwr via photopin cc

photo credit: familymwr via photopin cc

As our second grading period draws to a close, I felt it was a prudent idea to remind students how we end the quarter. Even though we discuss reflection, evaluation and feedback often, it’s never too much, I think.

A week prior to sitting down for our one-on-one discussions, when we’ll reflect on the quarter and decide on a report card grade, I reminded students that they needed to begin the self-evaluation process.

“Remember, the major work we’ve done for the past nine weeks,” I reminded them, heading into a three-day, holiday weekend. Review the feedback you’ve received and ask yourself how you will answer the question, “What grade should go on the report card?”

This quick reminder of how we do things in a results-only classroom will, I believe, go a long way toward making the evaluation conferences run more smoothly than if I had said nothing at all.

I meet with each student next week. Stay tuned for a report on how it turns out.

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Mark Barnes is the author of many education books, including Bestseller Hacking Education, part of his Hack Learning Series, books that solve big problems with simple ideas. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and student-centered learning. Join more than 100,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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