It is central to the PbyP approach to believe that learners will only continue to be motivated to learn in those areas where the gain for them or their team is similar to the effort they put in.
Schools particularly, have to manage this environment by providing recognition that is trusted as valuable by the community. If you are achieving a personal goal you need that recognition at the end and if you are managing a larger scale project then you either need to establish a strong team ethos so everyone benefits from the effort of a few or your need to construct ways in which effort and achievement are genuinely recognised.
Some key questions to consider may be;
- How will learners be recognised for their achievements and their contribution to enhancing the vision and values of the school?
- How will managers and teachers and parents be similarly recognised.
- How will this recognition fuel public sharing, praise and learning?
- Many school core aims are based on competencies such as student ability to reflect, collaborate, participate be creative etc – how will progression in these core aims be measured, recognized and rewarded?
- How can IT manage e-portfolios of evidence?
- Will peer recognition be given status in terms of peer review and peer assessment?
- How will the skills of students be recognized if they are higher than those of the teacher?
- How will the introduction of new teaching practices and successful development be recognized and qualified?
If you are personalising this aspect then you may find the following ladder helpful to gauge your progress and set targets for development.
|Level 1 – One size fits all – Examination data is the only formal recognition process
|Level 3 – Choice – A range of optional certificates are available for learners
|Level 5 – Personalised ‘For’ Groups – Teachers can award points or prises based on loose criteria
|Level 7 – Teacher Strategy – Achievements are recognised through transparent processes
|Level 9 – Personalised ‘By’ the learner ? – Awards are open to all and publically awarded to all