Withholding constructive criticism does not help children’s confidence; it harms their future.

Withholding constructive criticism does not help children’s confidence; it harms their future.  – Carol Dweck

As we enter the final couple days of the school year many of our students will be taking exams, completing portfolios, and finished projects.  One of our goals over the past several years is to employ multiple options as students demonstrate learning and mastery.

While a cumulative examination has been the traditional school option for measuring progress, we know there are a myriad of ways for students to prove that they’ve learned specific information.  Our goal isn’t to diminish accountability or discipline.  To the contrary, our goal is to increase opportunities for constructive criticism and feedback.

We must hold children accountability for learning.  We must make certain students have both the foundational knowledge required for future success and ability to apply the knowledge to solve problems.  We can’t withhold criticism or escape accountability . . . the real world hold us accountable each and every day.

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