As children move through the grade levels they start to have more tests and quizzes. Since the results are in numbers they are quickly translated into the letter grades.
I’m a big fan of summative assessment at the end of work that sums up what’s been learnt in a few sentences and one thing to work on. This is where the child can see the next step to progress and what to do to get there.
With only the numbers or percentage they see they didn’t get the 100% which isn’t obtainable for all anyway. Worse they don’t have a direction to go except, I failed.
Failure isn’t bad. It is bad if there’s no direction to know where to go from here so the children get on the course to success.
Since we see our children with more tests and quizzes naturally we wonder how they are doing when we see them at the end of the day.
Are you like most of us parents and fall into the trap of asking about test grades, quiz grades and scores almost immediately and get sucked into the vortex of talking about grades?
“How was your social studies quiz?”
“Did you get your grade for that math work?”
“Ohh, 85% buddy!”
“Where’s your paper?”
“What was the class average?”
Do you get stuck there and wonder how in the world did it come to be all about letters and numbers? You are not alone.
So if you’re stuck in the grades vortex and want to talk about all the other things that happen in school too then read on. [Read more…]