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The ‘grade race’ – GOTS style

The ‘grade race’ – GOTS style

Global Oak Tree Scholars (GOTS) is definitely different … and this is evident when it comes to assessing how one fares in examinations.

It is about positive affirmation and while having super grades is wonderful, it is the journey of learning which is cherished above all else.

To encourage the scholars, GOTS has a fun and innovative way of grading them.

“We understand each child learns at a different pace. No two minds are identical. So when we do assessments, we do not reveal the actual marks to the scholars,” says GOTS founder Veronica Shepherdson.

GOTS rates its scholars by using six ‘stickers’ to denote 0-39 points, 40-49, 50-69, 70-89, 90-99 and 100.

“The parents will know the actual marks but the scholars receive stickers.”

She says the footprints sticker indicates they have just started. This goes on until they reach the chequered flag before they ‘park’ with a perfect score.

“It is a fun way for the scholars to keep track of their record.”

Shepherdson says the stickers are good motivators for the scholars but the bigger picture of getting them ready for the real world is not forgotten.

“Preparing independent thinkers is very important in this ever-changing world,” she explains.

“If our scholars can adapt to any given situation, it means we have done our job well.

“Obviously we want them all to have the best grades and we use the Cambridge International Primary Programme (IGCSE) that offers a range of teaching methods and curriculum best suited for a child’s needs.”

She says GOTS believes in having well-rounded scholars who can excel in other fields besides academia so that is why they are not pressured by being given marks.

“As long as scholars show progress, we are happy to help them on their journey,” says Shepherdson.

To learn more about GOTS and why the school is definitely different, log on to www.gots.edu.my

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