The Rookie Teacher [dot] ca. Ignite. Incite. Inspire. 140+ Learning. Grades & Marks: Conversations That Need To Happen On Friday I got into a wonderful conversation about marking with Patt Olivieri and Mario Addesa. We talked a lot about number grades in elementary schools and wondered why they continue to exist. Why are kids getting a 7/10 on a math quiz in a province where (technically) number grades should NEVER be used? One hypothesis that we had was because it makes sense to parents. We (teachers) do this out of convention, habit, tradition… whatever you want to call it, because parents want the grades (ideally, circled at the top of the page 😉). The more that I thought about that idea, the more that it upset me. What are we saying about parents when we take this stance? Why can’t we explain to them what an appropriate time might be to evaluate student thinking? Maybe we could share some Dylan William with the families in our schools… … and the achievement charts at the beginning of every single Curriculum Document.
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