While the mark may be an overall indicator of the student's performance, the mark will not...
- identify WHAT the student can improve upon.
- indicate HOW the student can improve.
- increase the student's intrinsic motivation towards learning.
Our goal should be to foster curiosity and a love of learning that leads to deep knowledge and understanding. To support this, we should be helping students identify what and how they can improve their learning.
So before the next time you choose to assign a mark to student work, I urge you to ask yourself the question, "How will this mark support student learning?"