Success Criterias

In the interest of giving all the students in class the chance to succeed to their best ability, we have begun a new tradition in our class – success criteria.

As a class, we decided what we need to do for our work (a drama presentation, in this case). I wrote down all of their ideas. We then discussed what “going above and beyond” looked like – I compiled those ideas on a different list. Together, we came up with a success criteria chart for their upcoming drama/social science presentation.

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The students now know exactly what steps they must take to achieve the grade they want, because they made the layout of what the presentation should like. As long as a check mark can be given to every criteria, the student is entitled to a 4+. They know exactly what a level 3 looks like. They can also see what a level 2 and a level 1 looks like.

I’m ecstatic that they were such an enthusiastic bunch! We had fun making the list. They also came up with ideas I might not have thought of otherwise. They know themselves and their capabilities better than anyone. And with the expectations right in front of them, they’ll do better than ever.

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