This practice is demeaning and humiliating. It is based on the presumption that competition and labeling students will motivate them. In my 18 years of teaching, I have discovered that students are motivated to learn in caring spaces that foster cooperation rather than competition. Students are complex human beings, not data points on a chart! The blogger presents this as something progressive and new. It is neither. It is a tired old approach...it harkens back to the day of the student with the dunce’s cap in the corner...only now there is an entire wall. Even if it's anonymous, this approach to extrinsic motivation is humiliating and demeaning. I respect my students too much to ever engage in a practice like this.
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