After reading On Your Mark, there is so much information and so many thoughts running through my head. I have decided to share some of my notes on the first two chapters. Then, I will share one way I have adjusted my grading/reporting practice based on my reading.
In a week long fables unit, our third grade readers were learning three things: identify characteristics of fables, sequence events in a story, and infer the moral of a fable.
We created a summative assessment. In the past, each question would have a correct answer, a percentage would be found, and then that percentage would be recorded in the grade book. The end.
However, we graded each of the three sections separately. Parents were then given a letter informing them if their child was able to do each independently, with prompting, or not yet.
Because we still need to report letter grades, we had to convert each section into a percentage to enter into the grade book. However, each was a separate score and can/will be updated as reteaching and continued learning occurs.
This makes so much more sense to me. A student can master sequencing events independently, while only being able to infer a moral with teacher support. Why would we ever lump all of this together, assign a percentage correct, plug it into the grade book, and move on? Because that is the way it has always been done? Well, it doesn’t work for me anymore. I want more for my students.