Time to disrupt the way we assess student learning

  1. Failure makes children explorers: We mostly assume that there is only one way of doing a certain activity till we face a roadblock. We explore other options and look for different ways and thereby encouraging children to explore.
  2. Failure makes children creative: When a child fails in the first attempt, they look for different ways in which they can do the same activity, thereby helping them use their creative mind to look for solutions.
  3. Failure makes children persistent: Children never give up; they persist till they have what they want. when we continue to encourage children to keep going even after failing, they pick on a Habit of the Mind which is essential i.e. Resilience.
  4. Failure makes children Fearless: When children fall and learn to get up again to rebuild what they started. They let go of fear, the fear of not being able to complete the task or the fear of leaving it midway. They move ahead with the belief that they will get to their goal one way or another.
  5. Failure makes children humble: When a child fails, they develop the trait of humility. They empathize with others that are failing around them and they also encourage them to gather themselves and try again.
  1. Self-assessment: Children should be able to self-assess themselves and realize for themselves is they have understood the concept or not.
  2. Revisit: Children should be able to revisit the concept to learn it again.
  3. Retest: Children should be allowed to take a retest and the scores should be counted
  4. One grade up: In case a child is unhappy with their scores they should be able to take a retest to improve their overall performance.
  5. Focus on learning outcomes: the tests should be conducted to judge is children have understood the concept and not how much they remember.
  6. Practical application: More of our tests should involve practical exams that indicate actual learning of the concepts

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Founder of Kangaroo Kids & Billabong High, Lina Ashar started her career as a teacher and today is one of the most renowned educators and edupreneur in India.

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Lina Ashar

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Founder of Kangaroo Kids & Billabong High, Lina Ashar started her career as a teacher and today is one of the most renowned educators and edupreneur in India.

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