Using Contract Grading To Encourage Grade Nine Boys’ Risk-Taking In Historical Writing

  • Adaptability (2017-18)

During the winter term of the 2017-2018 school year, in two History classes comprising a total of 21 boys, a contract grading system was implemented for eight weeks in the hope of answering the question: How might contact grading encourage Grade Nine boys to take risks in historical writing? The boys were asked to suspend the typical teacher prescribed grading system and help to build a contract in which they would choose their own grade and the teacher would hold them accountable for achieving this grade.