Earned Honors Model

In keeping with the idea of a growth mindset and the awareness, definitively established by research, that intelligence is not fixed but capable of continuous growth in the proper learning contexts, we have created an “Earned Honors” model in many classes whereby students are not preslotted as “honors” or “regular” but are placed in heterogeneous classes and given the opportunity to earn honors on the basis of the work they produce. The honors distinction is not based on quantitative factors (i.e. “more work”), but is measured by the qualitative rigor and analytical depth of the tasks undertaken to earn honors.


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