My grade book will be open for the whole year to allow students to do just that, but with the marking period ending soon, many students (and parents) are concerned about the grades. All of my students took a skill assessment on Friday and now have multiple skills to represent their learning so far.
I began class today by putting the grade book on the board, sorted by overall grade.
"What do you notice about this?"
One of the first things they noticed was how much green was on the screen. They noticed how the class as a whole was doing was fairly well. They also noticed the rather wide gaps between the classes.
We also talked about what it meant that several students didn't finish. We talked about taking your time, but also knowing the material well enough that it didn't take forever. When I took the quiz to make up the answer key, it took about 5 minutes, which means it shouldn't take them more than 20.
Before I handed back to the assessments, we talked about what steps they needed to accomplish before they could reassess.
1) Use a separate sheet of paper
2) Correct answer with ALL work clearly shown
3) At least one sentence describing the mistake that was made, leading to the incorrect answer
4) Test and corrections signed by a parent
5) Test and corrections stapled together
I then gave them the rest of the period to work on their corrections. Several asked if they could work together and I strongly encouraged it.
"If you are able to teach another person, you'll be able to understand it MUCH better yourself."
I made sure to tell them how proud I was of their work and their effort. Time to start working on the next skill list...