Hacking the Message: What Does Your Sign Say?

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The sign says:

You cannot do extra credit to bring up your grade. . . . What can you do to bring up your grade? Maybe you should start with your work. . . when it’s assigned.

This sign, apparently created by a classroom teacher, was shared on Facebook, Twitter, and on other social channels, and it created quite a stir among education stakeholders.

Some applauded it, saying it teaches responsibility. Others vilified the sign, saying it sends the wrong message — “I don’t want to give you a chance” or “You’re not important.”

I posted the sign to my personal Facebook page and to the popular Teachers Throwing Out Grades Facebook group, and it sparked quite a debate (one of those conversations is embedded below). This debate inspired Hacking the Message, a new Hack Learning podcast episode, embedded above, which you can also download on your favorite device.

I found this in a teacher group and was appalled by the number of people praising it and saying, “I’ve got to get one…

Posted by Mark Barnes on Monday, April 4, 2016


What say you? Please share your thoughts at #HackLearning on Twitter or in our comment section below.

Thanks to all who commented for this post and podcast, especially educator extraordinaire Jay Thompson. Learn more about Jay on his twitter feed here.

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Author: Mark Barnes

Mark Barnes is a longtime educator and the Founder of Times 10, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series, the uNseries, and other books for teachers and learners. To connect with Mark follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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