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We only know what we know. This episode is a little different, perhaps in mindset as different education systems are shared. But the theme is simple parenting.
We want all our children to make progress and achieve. The common measurement for achievement is usually solely high attainment or grades. The higher the grade the better. There will be many children who find achieving those high grades and maintaining them hard or they are just unobtainable however they have worked hard and made significant progress.
How have we come to a point when that type of progress isn’t recognized well? How come parents and children talk only about final grade numbers as a badge but not about how much progress has happened?
This is a school episode that follows on from the mistakes equals learning episode #189. Where we talked about how all learning means making mistakes to progress. If you’re not making mistakes are you making progress? If you make mistakes you’ll have grades that go up and down as you master especially if you’re in the middle and lower sections of attainment.
Listen into this episode to hear some ideas about how you can support your children’s progress, know the types of questions to ask them and their teacher, effective things to say after results, wrestle with the right blend of progress, encouragement, motivation and attainment and teach them how to be reflective learners. Today’s show is all about making progress and I’m looking forward to hearing your opinion.
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Mindset and physical changes between education systems from one country to another. Fear and shocks in elementary school
8:13 Adjusting to an achievement based system over making progress
8.44 Online results portals for middle school . Making adjustments for middle school
11.04 How parent portals become a drug.
12:40 What happens to motivation for those children who don’t attain consistent A/B or A honor roll grades?
13:56 What we really want to know about the progress at school
15:25 What we can do to refocus the heavy lean on attainment only reporting
16:26 Unexpected results of an attainment reporting system
17:28 What if we did this ONE thing differently?
RESOURCE: James Nottingham:
Labels limit learning
Progress and achievement quadrant
18:28 Example of the value of reporting progress
24:10 Readdressing the lean on attainment or how powerful progress is a motivator than just pure attainment
26:18 Important questions to ask after the results #2
28:36 When children are unhappy with the result what’s a good question to ask and direction of conversation that’s helpful?
30:20 Pretests at home as a talking point for seeing how much progress children have made
34:56 How studying becomes easier
36:33 What the future could bring with progress
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