No, Retakes Are Not a Bad Idea

There’s an Edutopia article cycling around which argues against allowing retakes on assessments. The author builds a case focused on motivation, mental health, and teacher effectivness.

Instead of doing a large breakdown here, I annotated the original article with my pushback in context.

On a semi-related note, If you don’t have the extension installed, you should grab it and leave replies on the original article. Comments are also welcome here.

KQED on Active Engagement, Not Compliance

More than that, the characteristics should be observable to anyone who walks into the room.

We work hard with our teachers to make sure they’re changing instruction and not just flavoring old ideas with tech. The eight reflective questions in this article are a great outline (guide?) teachers can use as they’re planning ahead with technology in general.

Beyond purposeful planning, if you can’t see students engaging in some way, they probably aren’t. Our indicators for engagement have to be updated as well. From earlier in the article:

…he looks for behavioral, emotional and cognitive engagement at play together.

Quiet seat work does not equal engagement.

Source: How To Ensure Students Are Actively Engaged and Not Just Compliant | MindShift | KQED News