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What does it mean to value learning? Does it mean we honor practice and give participation grades? What does it really mean when we say we value what kids know and are able to do? Does it mean that as students' understandings or skill levels improve their grades reflect that improvement?
What does that mean in terms of what a parent or a child sees in our grade books? As the parent of a high school student, I wonder.
I've been thinking a lot about grades and how my teacher self grades students' learning or monitors kids' progress toward learning.
What does these snap shots from my grade book tell you I value as English teacher?
Here's another student:
I believe that if I grow strong readers, writers and communicators, our society improves. Kids choices improve. I believe literacy empowers. I believe in the power of practice and in second chances.
How does my grade book show you what I believe?