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An “Ah Moment” With Self-Paced Learning!

When I began using hyperdocs as the source of implementing self-paced learning, my thought process was to have activities that equaled a 100 points for a practice grade and the final product to be a 100 point assessment grade. Our school system has a 70% Assessment/30% Practice split weighting of grades and it is expected that we record at least two a week.

I post the hyperdoc at Google Classroom as an assignment and in the private comment section list each of the activities and what the student earned. If they have not completed the task, a “0” was posted. See example below.

The problem with this system is keeping up with four classes of students and who has submitted what. The grade was recorded as a total of 100 and the students (nor I) at first glance could tell how the grade was generated. This particular group of students has a problem with turning work in on time and so four weeks after the due date, I have children wondering what they need to do to raise their grade and I have to exert some effort to respond to the question.

It suddenly hit me this semester that I should stop thinking in terms of 100 and assess each part individually. So now using the above scenario, the Engage activity is worth 10 practice points, Explore 15 practice points and so forth. Each task is a separate grade. I did this at first to help me and quickly noticed that students were much more aware of what they had done and how well they were doing it. In fact at present I have quite a few students with A’s and B’s, a situation very new to them. One of my learners surprised me this past week. He saw during the school day his grade and feedback for a particular task. During clean up at the end of the day he appeared and asked if he could redo the assignment and of course I said yes. He did and earned full credit. Despite parent teacher conferences and meeting with admin, this student has never felt this accountable for his work. It has been gratifying to see these at risk students suddenly taking responsibility for their learning. It is amazing how sometimes the little things create a big outcome.