I stay away from exams. I don’t promote the grading system in any way. I don’t rank my students. Each is on their own path, my job is to allow them to grow, to move forward, to progress.
Try these questions on your students;
At what age is a person an adult? Why do you think so?
If could change one rule that your family has, what would you change?
What is something that makes your family special?
Of all the things you are learning, what do you think will be the most useful when you are an adult?
Are you a good friend? Why do you think so?
How would the world be different if animals could talk?
If you could grow up to be famous, what would you want to be famous for?
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
Is it hard being a child? Why?
If you were a teacher, and the kids in your class would not listen to you, what would you do?
If you could give one gift to every single child in the world, what gift would you give?
If you could travel back in time three years and visit your younger self, what advice would you give yourself?
What five words do you think most describe you?
What rule should the whole world follow?
If we ask these questions of our children. We learn a lot more about them than any exam could ever tell us!