Our assessment practices at Thaden School are designed to equip students with the knowledge and tools needed to take charge of their learning. To foster a growth mindset, we provide students with opportunities to take academic risks in a supportive yet challenging environment.
The college application process is quite involved these days, and given the organizational skill, time, and energy it takes to complete just one application, it is no surprise that students equate the process with other consuming after-school extra-curricular activities.
“Just give me what I need to get an A,” a student said to me almost a decade ago about her expectations of her education. In some respects, she was right. Performance measures matter. However, learning approached (by teacher or student) as a mechanistic process risks shortchanging student growth.
The American philosopher Mortimer Adler once said: “The ultimate end of education is happiness.” This sounds much simpler than it is in practice.