Which marking pile would you prefer? Which do you think would motivate the students to taking ownership of their books and their work?.... Time for a poll I think...
One thing I have found over the years that makes a big difference to class motivation is praise, sometimes, but not always, followed by a small reward. (In my school we are NOT allowed to hand out sweets, so we have had to find other methods.)
I use the methods below as well as the school reward system of Vivos and Success Tickets.
The majority of my classes will continue using the Learning Dialogue Record (below) which they fill in after each assessment, or exam question that we do in class.
Most of the 6th formers are making progress with this, it is slow and steady, they are beginning to realise where there common mistakes are, as they see the same codes used a lot - but in terms of "how" they make the jump between knowing what they have done wrong and preventing the same or similar mistake in the next exercise - well we still have a way to go!
From time to time with the majority of students I will use a DIRT sheet (further down page) with them, but I will pick specific skills or exam questions with which to do this. I am aiming to get them used to this way of thinking and slowly moving it to replace the previous "Learning Dialogue Record" with my Chemists.
But with my Environmental Scientists (who have to write a lot more essays) I am jumping straight in with DIRTy TOEs - these guys have 7 months until there exams and are still making the same mistakes in their essays of repeating the question and rephrasing the same answer - thinking it will earn them extra marks... I think the DIRTy TOEs method will bring this out in a much shorter timescale that the current method I am using.
SLE, Science AST, Coaching trainer, Learning & Teaching coach, ITT mentor, professional tutor been in this job for many years - always happy to help. Always looking for new ideas!