This is an addition to "My Dislike of Grades..." post on 5/19/12.
We had a school improvement day two days ago, and two teachers from our assessment committee spoke on behalf of all they had discussed and decided this past year. We are moving to standards-based grading soon. I knew it was coming down the pike, and I tried to spread the word so that teachers wouldn't feel so frustrated when it did. Teachers get so frustrated when it's time for a change...
I am excited, however. No, I'm not exited about the work that will have to be put into changing my thinking around, learning a new system, probably learning a new computer program for inputting grades. But I am excited because then we'll KNOW what our students are learning. We'll KNOW those common core standards inside and out. I do believe we will be better teachers. At least, I hope I will.
One more thing I had to add this morning - I saw a video and I wanted to share it with you. It is six minutes long, and is entitled "Toxic Grading Practices." His talk about not giving zeros in class makes so much sense to me. Next step? I need to get a poster of Larry the Cable Guy saying, "Git 'er done!"