About the course

Course code — Splash at Yale 2018 course H3133
7 April 2018, 10:35–11:30 a.m.
WLH 003 (100 Wall St)

Objective — We will examine questions such as: What are the purposes of academic grades, and what merits and limitations do modern grading systems present?  Are current grading practices justified, or are there more effective ways to motivate students and evaluate their learning?

Instructor — Ryan Sandler is a Yale student passionate about improving education.  Ryan co-taught a Calculus Honors course at his high school and led professional development sessions for South Florida teachers surrounding how to effectively implement technology to strengthen student learning.  He is thrilled to join Splash at Yale.

More to explore

Articles

Close, D. (2009). Fair grades. Teaching Philosophy32(4), 361-398. doi:10.5840/teachphil200932439   [link]

Bostrom, R. N., Vlandis, J. W., & Rosenbaum, M. E. (1961). Grades as reinforcing contingencies and attitude change. Journal of Educational Psychology52(2), 112-115. doi:10.1037/h0045803   [link]

Anderman, E. M., Griesinger, T., & Westerfield, G. (1998). Motivation and cheating during early adolescence. Journal of Educational Psychology90(1), 84-93. doi:10.1037/0022-0663.90.1.84   [link]

Books

Kohn, A. (1993). Punished by rewards: The trouble with gold stars, incentive plans, A's, praise, and other bribes. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company.   [link]

Interviews

Brandt, R. (1995). Punished by rewards? A conversation with Alfie Kohn. Educational Leadership53(1), 13-16.   [link]

Acknowledgments

Thank you to Steven Gende, IB English teacher at North Broward Preparatory School, for inspiring me to question how widely accepted classroom practices—particularly grading—affect students' learning and happiness.

Also, thank you to Laurie Santos, professor of psychology at Yale University, for directing me to some of the psychological research I discuss in this course.

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