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What if, to re-shape education, kids are graded daily in every subject?

Just an idea to build together.
The teacher teaches the day topic and at the end of the hour the kids will answer questions about it. Only orally and they are graded daily.

Of course there will be proper written tests, but the every day grade system will push them to pay attention and may be they will invest less time at home to do homework or, even better, they will have less homework.

May be not everyone will be questioned every day, but as there is a chance, they will pay more attention. They will learn.

At the end of term the every day grade will also be part of the final grade.

Of course some teachers will need to be trained and coached.

It won't be easy for maths and others, or may be impossible, but let's work together on this.

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    Mar 18 2013: Dorian,
    I like your enthusiasm. In fact, this is the age-old question for educators: how do I get my students to learn?

    First, is your assumption: students do not want to learn, or fail to learn well, so they must be motivated by a daily quiz?

    Second assumption: is the quiz administered out of fear or out of enthusiasm?

    Rebuttal: As a teacher, I would not want to grade papers daily!

    Granted, the knowledge of a "pop-quiz", which has been employed for many years, does motivate some students to come to class prepared to either: have homework done; or, be actively engaged in class.

    How can we administer daily quizes and not burn-out teachers? Maybe we could employ self-administered quizes. The students, on an honesty basis, take the quiz and record their own scores and turn in their papers.

    Moreover, I would hope that most teachers would want to facilitate learning: by piquing students interest; and by sharing their subject course with knowledge and enthusiasm. Likewise, I would hope the students would want to monitor their own progress in order to master the skill at hand.

    I see your suggestion as a means to improve achievement scores .... and , perhaps to close the achievement gap with other countries ... so I give you props!

    I see a revolution broiling in Education. Those countries we compare achievement scores, e.g. Korea, have institutionalized fear into their curriculum. Teenage suicide rates are high due to the pressure. Students and parents learn early that if they want kids to go to university, they then must perform well from an early age and progress through all the right schools and learning clubs. I hesitate to think this is what we want of American Education. No.

    I suggest, like others (Salman Kahn, Sir Ken Robinson) that we revolutionize our system to become organic: students learn on their own (we are innately curious); master the skills at certain level (account for their own scores); move on to the next skill. Any thoughts?

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