When at First They Don't Succeed...
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If educators' goal is for students to learn, does it matter if it takes some students a little longer than others? Allowing students to redo assessments is one way to give students another chance if they haven't demonstrated mastery of the material on their first attempt. In "Redos and Retakes Done Right" (p. 22), Rick Wormeli makes a case for allowing students to redo assignments until they're satisfied with their own performance. Myron Dueck explains how he got over his own reluctance to allow retakes in "How I Broke My Own Rule and Learned to Give Retests" (p. 72).
What's your current policy on offering redos and retakes? How did you arrive at this policy? Reflecting on the ideas Wormeli and Dueck present, how might you change your policy? If you don't offer retakes, what steps might you take to introduce them in your classes? If you do, what new ideas do you have for making the practice more effective?
- Discuss some of the common objections to allowing redos and retakes. How would Wormeli, Dueck, and others counter these objections? Which arguments—for and against—do you find most compelling?