Pointslessness: Some Meta Feedback
In response to the first Pointslessness I received one of the best comments ever: here he is, AP Stats Mike, in all his glory:
I am a student in an AP Statistics class like this [hippy grading] where at the end of every marking period we do a project on “skills” that my teacher gives us. We are graded on every skill, but we can always re-do them to get a new grade.
-We actually do have great classrooom discussions
-No time spent on tests
-No faking homework
-It’s pretty much impossible to cheat
-We don’t try to please the teacher to get points
-Great feedback on what we did wrong
-We don’t feel the urgency to know the material until we have to do the project
-By not having tests we don’t study the material because we can use our books for the projects
-Class in considered low-priority because if we don’t like our grade we can always change it
-If we aren’t ‘feeling it’ we can just completely not pay attention
I’m pretty OK with his cons list. It feels like how I learn stuff in my real life.
However, the word “learning” and “understanding” don’t crop up either. Also, it seems that the grade is still the ultimate concern.
Perhaps, in this PBL system, cramming is possible because of the concentration of assessment that the project creates. Maybe a rigorous, teacher-initiated reassessment system is in order.