I've been traveling around Iowa a bit lately to lead professional development workshops on standards-based grading. Usually after an hour or two, a teacher in the group says something like this:
I agree with everything you've said so far. Although it sounds like a lot of work, I think it makes sense. How do I communicate this with parents?My response:
Communicate this idea with the students first. If you don't, you'll be doing this to your students rather than with them.I suggest teachers get students excited about the failures of the current grading and assessment system using the same illustrations I use to motivate the change with them during the workshop. Here are a few examples.
"Too bad, Jo-Jo....you didn't get it by my arbitrarily set deadline."The new system should say,
"Awesome, Jo-Jo..let me go change that in the grade book. I'm so thrilled you learned it a week after the 'test.'"