One of my goals for students is to help them develop independent problem solving ability and a love of the process of persevering through challenges. The research of Alfie Kohn suggests that there are three consistent effects of giving students grades:
1) When focusing on grades instead of growth, the learning diminishes.
2) In order to be "successful", students come to avoid taking risks and choose easier tasks.
3) Students think in a more superficial fashion and do not retain information. This reminds me of when, as a student, I would do well on a spelling tests, but would forget the correct spelling of most of the words within a few days.
As a school administrator, I have the unique opportunity see what feedback and assessment look like in multiple classrooms each and every day. I look forward to co-learning as we explore this topic together!