Day 126 (of 188) a Throwback Thursday from my dads journal (Grades)

Day 126 (of 188) a Throwback Thursday from my dads journal 


Concerns about grade reliability are nothing new. Recently I have referenced “C+ is the new F” in grade inflations – where anything less than a B requires an intervention…..by some. 

There are also valid questions if tasks = learning. And which should grades represent?

My dads journal had an interesting quote: 



And this led me to finding the actual book online: http://iwcenglish1.typepad.com/Documents/Holt_How_Children_Fail.pdf

and almost half a century later ….. It’s “report card” time….and as an educator I struggle with my own kids documents. Celebrating the successes that are different for each: my general anxiety son now has enough “stuff complete” that he can have numbers that represent his …..learning? My oldest girl wondering if the report will show the 115% she (theoretically since how can achievement be more than 100%) has in a class? And my youngest who still wonders ‘what her teacher will given her’?

As I scanned the book I found it interesting that towards the end the author suggests a model of personalized learning similar to geniushour & passion projects – but not “one curriculum for all”

Edit

Alternatives……..can we do that in education ;-)

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Educator in BCs Sunny Shuswap Pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Utilizing ePortfolios & Descriptive Feedback
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One Response to Day 126 (of 188) a Throwback Thursday from my dads journal (Grades)

  1. Pingback: Day 121 (of 185) multiple choice report cards | technolandy: site of Ian Landy

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