Day 172 (of 185) guest blog borrowed from “the grade doctor” @kenoc7

Day 172 (of 185) guest blog from “the grade doctor” @kenoc7
Recently I’ve been having a few discussions around “the right words” to conncect with symbols linked to learning. For instance: 
We commonly use 1,2,3,4 with the usual question being: “can I give a 3+? Or a 3.5?” To which I will tease: if I can give a 3.14159

We also like letter grades tied to a range of %s. Which I also often ask if the average is a mean, median, mode or range? (Not even getting into weightings)

And more recently, abbreviations ranging from a set of 4:

BEG = beginning to acquire knowledge, skills, strategies and processes 

DEV = developing the ability to apply knowledge, skills, strategies and processes

APP = applying knowledge, skills, and processes consistently

EXT = extending knowledge, skills, and processes creatively and strategically
(Though putting words like ‘creatively’ often lead to more discussions around alignment of language understanding)

And our new provincial assessment (grades 4 & 7)) are trading a shift to a range of 3:
Emerging

On-TracK

Extending

It can be both fun and frustrating to discuss this topic – and is why I continue to promote ongoing-formative-descriptive-feedback-loops (tied to an eportfolios) over a single word/letter/number to represent the learning a student has accomplished. 

And today, the “grade doctor” blogged – so I am going to suggest the rest of this blog connects to his:

https://www.powerschool.com/important-grades-grading/

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About technolandy

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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