Attitude to learning

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Does your school give grades/comments to pupils for “attitude to learning”? In the old days, I guess it would have been just “behaviour”. I have no problem with the fact that we seem to have moved away from that to an indicator which is more wide ranging. However, like so much in teaching, we seem to have thrown out the baby with the bath water and gone from one extreme to the other. This article in the Guardian got me thinking.

I think you could argue a case that, in the past, the school system was unfair to extroverts. Whether or not you think this is accurate, my discussions with colleagues I meet at conferences and other gatherings have convinced me that now the opposite seems to be true. Some “attitude to learning” descriptors do not mention disruptive behaviour which disturbs others. Instead, the emphasis is on participation, collaboration and classroom contributions…

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