How might we help students learn new concepts while still working on old ones in an alternative grading setup?
Useful article, as usual. Thanks!
One other practice I've found helpful is having a mid-term reflection week (inspired by Susan Blum in this Chronicle article: https://www.chronicle.com/article/grades-can-hinder-learning-what-should-professors-use-instead/)
So, in place of lab last week, I met with each student individually on a video call after they completed a reflection document. This has two big snowball-mitigating effects: (1) no new content for a week and (2) a clear time in the semester when certain learning targets need to be reached.
But how did I find a whole extra week? Pillar #1 (writing clear standards) helped me eliminate a fair bit of superfluous material in my course.