Open House idea. I’m trying to think of a subtle way to impress upon parents that the focus is on the learning not on the grade. Maybe for some the focus is on the grade. However I think parents and students would agree that if we focus on the learning the grade will come.
Since I’m bored, I created two GoAnimate videos that I might use at Open House. The first is a 30 second discussion about grades.
This one is less than a minute long and focuses on the learning.
This will lead into a nice segue where I can talk about the success students had last year when they set goals and monitored their progress. I constantly tweak this document so you may notice that it’s not exactly like what’s represented in the image below. Maybe I’ll show the parents what progress monitoring looks like.
My assessments are designed in a standards based grading format (that’s why you see Scores 1-4). Students set a goal of either 3.0, 3.5 or 4.0. Three is the target. My formative assessments are ongoing and students can reassess as long as they complete and follow through on a study plan which is their evidence of study.
I cringe when I hear, “What can I do to raise my grade?” or, “Is there extra credit?”
I want to work with parents and students to reframe those questions to be more like, “What can I do to improve?”
Maybe Open House is the place to start.