@mgarcia , @brent.hall & I are starting our student badging reading group by exploring the reasons for using student badging, what the process looks like, and examples of different badging systems that educators have created! We invite you to explore the resources below and join us in discussing any of the follow up questions.
Here’s a short video and summary that I think does a great job of showing why student badging is an awesome practice and tips for getting started…
The process of student badging (setting it up, informing students, awarding badges) can look different in each classroom. Here’s a couple interesting examples I found:
Rachel Murat creates badges for her US History class. It’s interesting how students can earn the badges by either showing her OR a badge cashier (most likely a student) evidence of having earned it.
Aurora Public Schools has a widely acclaimed badging system across their entire district for 21st century skills. Notice how the badges are organized into two different levels- journey and summit badges.
Follow Up Questions
The presenter in the video above, mentions that badges should be awarded for attaining specific skills rather than knowledge. Do you agree? Why? Why not?
What does student badging look like in your classroom? Or, what examples have you seen?
What do you think about the idea of having a school/district wide student badging system? Would you like to see it in your own school/district? If so, what would you want the badges to be awarded for?