Are you constantly spending countless hours and effort on initiatives that are designed to help improve student performance, but not delivering results? Well, we have put together the top 3 tips to help reduce failure for the next semester. Even better, they cost nothing and take no time.
- Replace your automated grade calculations with teacher judgement. Teachers should be able to reward each student for pro-activeness, extra-curricular activities, politeness, eagerness and grade improvement at their discretion. That being said, the teacher must have the ability to consider student proficiency at the end of each marking period, in addition to academic performance, in order to award students the marks they deserve.
- Provide a practice exam for secondary school students. The practice exam should be given two weeks before the scheduled final exam. Students who earn A’s and B’s are done. They can’t leave the school ground but are allowed to engage in other activities – perhaps even study for exams in other classes or remain in the class in which they succeeded to help their peers. The students who earned less than a B receive constructive feedback and are better prepared to succeed in their final exam.
- Stop thinking like a lecturer and start acting like a coach. Coaches, unlike most teachers, use constructive feedback to encourage their team rather than spending countless hours lecturing and grading them. Turn your focus from past to future, and elaborate on where they went wrong and how they can improve . A coach also knows that improvement is a direct result of focusing on a limited number of things at a time; so be sure not to tell the student 15 things they need to improve on at once.
These ideas cost nothing and can be highly effective,. Every reduced failure prevents teachers from spending time on students repeating classes, which leads to students having more opportunity and enthusiasm for electives. Implement these 3 ideas today before you spend valuable time and money, and see how your rate of failure changes. We have seen failures reduce by up to 90%, which leads to higher student and teacher satisfaction, and improved faculty moral.