So I took a class last summer, which I generally hated because it was pretty basic and not altogether helpful. BUT, there were two strategies that were legitimately helpful and I was able to turn them immediately into something useful in the classroom. The first is the growth mindset effort rubric.
The first is the metacognitive strategy of asking the students to reflect on their own level of effort and engagement after an assignment, rate their own effort, and then compare it to the actual grade that they received on the assignment. This promotes the ideas of a growth mindset. So I created an effort rubric to use on regular basis. The idea is that you introduce the rubric and meanings behind the 1-4 ratings and then ask kids to rate their effort performance on a task-by-task basis. You can also use that information in grading them, or better, have some individual conferences with them where you discuss trends in their effort and how and why it has changed/not changed over time.
Before beginning this activity, I first teach kids about the importance of effort by doing some growth mindset activities (like this one I posted in 10 Steps to Success in Teaching ESL) I ask them to put it in the front of the binder. I start off strong with this at the start of the year and reteach it frequently until the kids have ownership of it and are using it independently.
Grab your free rubric here!
The second strategy is Criteria for Success, which I’ll discuss in a separate post.
Have you tried something like this? How did it go?