Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Take 5--Rethinking Grades--an elementary concept?

When discussing the idea of not having grades, or changing the way we do grade, many people respond that this is an elementary issue. It is one that is easy to adapt to what younger kids are up to, but with the expectations of college, kids, parents, and teachers, grades will remain.

This is an interesting concept, one that in our reading, showed that is not new. It has research that links student interest dropping with the presence of grades. If nothing else, I know today's speaker will challenge me to rethink why I assess what I do and what does it show about what a student knows. And, how can I create an assessment that will show what that student has learned?


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