Helping students track their progress and understand your system
I'm curious to know if you (or anyone else reading/contributes to this site) has experience with "Unrulr," an Instagram-style app that allows students to share artifacts documenting learning and growth. I have used a growth (not "grade") tracker in my high school English classes for a while now, and I'm looking for something more interactive and flexible than a simple table in a Google Doc. Unrulr seems like it might fit the bill, but it's relatively new and I can't find a lot of information from users on their experience.
I like the tracker idea a lot and tried doing it more as an activity tracker not to bring in the grade sentiment but ultimately if you are required to give a grade at the end I end up with a big challenge. How do you resolve the final grade when students’ tracked progress don’t end up in the same grade bin for different categories of work. Within the same category it is easy to build a summative system but how do you combine different categories if you don’t want to go to percentage weights? I tried utilizing the plus and minus designation of the letter grades for that purpose but that immediately takes everyone back to a bean counting focus for grades. Any suggestions?
"Grade trackers can provide students with a roadmap of what they need to do to achieve a desired final grade."
Wouldn't a "learning tracker"be better than a "grade tracker?" We should be encouraging students to focus on learning, not grades. The question they should ask is "How can I improve my learning," not "How can I improve my grade."