Sometimes when I talk about the way that I grade (or actually, sort of don’t grade) to other adults, they scoff at the lack of points. They say things like, “If I were taking a quiz that I knew didn’t affect my grade, I wouldn’t take it seriously. I would just write Monkey Monkey Monkey as the answers to the questions.”
Other times, they tell me not to let the students know that their quiz isn’t going to affect their semester grade (before SBG, I gave quizzes that weren’t graded; now I make sure it is obvious to the kids that the score resulting from a quiz almost always has a 100% chance of being updated/replaced before we get to the end of a marking period and I have to come up with a number). It seems like they think the kids won’t be serious if they know that the stakes are quite low.
So, that said, when I explain the low stakes situation to my students as I’m handing out the first couple of quizzes, I tell them both of the above tidbits. They usually laugh at the idea of not taking a quiz seriously. Not being interested in learning and feedback? Hilarious! They usually include some form of Monkey Monkey Monkey on their quiz (or Chimp Chimp Chimp, or a drawing of a monkey, or the really funny stuff in the photo). And they always take the quiz seriously. I have yet to see this fail. So come on, other adults. Trust the kids. They want to learn! Monkey monkey monkey.