We all know that whatever gets measured usually gets attention and focus. Right now, there is no widespread, practical way for all schools to assess children’s social-emotional skills and character development (SECD). Or is there? If one looks at student report cards, one often finds on “the other side” of the academic grades a set of comments about behavior, character, preparation, motivation, and more.Source:
Maurice Elias, Edutopia, March 9, 2016Description:
Teacher comments have long been provided alongside academic grades to recognize the essential role of many abilities and competencies in academic performance and future potential. And we know that academic ability and potential are not always directly related. We have all served on committees with colleagues who are extremely smart but not productive members of the team — indeed, their actions often impede the collective work. In the world that our students will enter as adults, there can be no either/or of academic or social-emotional and character competencies. Students require both/and. Therefore, feedback about students in schools must incorporate both aspects, systematically and carefully.Read the full article here!