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The Unintended Consequences of Grade

Instead of having meaningful conversations with students about their actions, we were using grades as a way to modify their behavior.  

When I reflected on my own personal practices, I saw that I was giving students credit for things that didn’t really help them learn in order to keep their grades high. I thought that I was being compassionate. 

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What really is an “A”?

Grades are meant to be representative of a child’s progress. If a student is doing well, they receive an A or B, 3’s or 4’s. Often overlooked is the actual measure of progress: feedback. If you want to tackle objectives for a student, look no further than descriptive notes that highlight strengths and weaknesses.

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