Day 39 (of 184) 1, 2, 3, 4
So…..when I picked up my oldest daughter to take her to volleyball, we had an interesting conversation. I asked how her day was, and she usually talks about the different things she had worked on while at her middle school. But today she needed to vent about ‘achievement’.
Specifically the connection with ‘completed & turned in on time’ to a ‘score’ on her assignment. Now, I’ll admit that she regularly brings home 4s (and the occasional 4+ which we have different discussions about) which means I really have to have her focus on the descriptive feedback that she’ll receive. But now she is questioning whether or not she really should get ‘4s’ on some recent work.
And I am very proud of her.
Not because she is being self-critical, but because she doesn’t see the worksheets and Q&As that she turns in as ‘exceeding expectations’. Neither her teacher nor herself sought a way to ‘exceed expectations’.
“Dad, all I did was what was expected. I answered the questions and turned it in. Isn’t that a 3?”
Even more important to me is that she is finally spending more time seeking descriptive feedback on her work and recognizing that ‘sometimes’ a number on a piece of schoolwork can be a crazy thing!