I am about to start report cards. Being a teacher that doesn’t believe in grades for assessment but would rather do feedback, I always struggle at this time of year. How do I put into words all of the things that I have seen my students do in in the last few months? How do I quantify how they have grown? There just seems to be so many thing a report card doesn’t tell us.
It doesn’t tell the story of the child that has worked so hard every day yet has made little academic progress.
It doesn’t tell the story of the boy who hated to read and now has read two books already.
Or the story of the child who thinks he is the world’s worst writer but did an assignment all on his own.
It doesn’t tell the story of the girl who struggles with self esteem and thus doesn’t want to shine a light on herself even though she should.
Or the child that reads a book a night but is too shy to discuss it.
Or the child who knows everything there is about DNA but doesn’t know his letter sounds.
It doesn’t tell the story of the child who knows more than their mind lets them show.
Or even the story of a teacher who tries every day to get these kids to believe in themselves and their ability to change the world. which grade do I assign all of that?