Copy Room Convos

While unjamming paper and shaking the toner bottle, we have some of the most meaningful, important, and humorous conversations with our colleagues. Check back here for weekly Copy Room Convos! I want to hear your thoughts on this week's topic.

Grades: What should really determine a student's final grade?

This week in the copy room I ran into a fellow ELAR teacher. We were discussing the finalization of second semester grades. She shared she struggled sometimes (like we all do!) with what a final grade or progress report actually reflects. What should it reflect? Here's the point for you to ponder: Should grades be only determined by mastery through completed formative and summative assessments, or should work habits and daily work quality also be reflected? When a student consistently is penalized for late or missing work, his/her grade might not be a reflection of mastery, but rather a result of poor work habits. On the other hand, are work and personal habits a part of mastery? Are grades a part of the whole child or simply a reflection of knowledge? Do work habits have a place in final grade determination? What do you think? Sound off in the comment section.

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