Grade or no grade?
I just feel there are better ways to assess and there are other ways to deal with behavior problems and kids who lack drive. Some students think they are the best little artists in the world. Grades based entirely on skill can criticize that enthusiasm...why squelch that? The point here is that a typical report card (like mine) does not say enough anyway...how could it? Maybe yours is different.
Here is where I stand. I do believe in communication with parents and providing them with feedback. Thus, my frustration! Parents want measured achievement- something they can relate to or understand. So do I!
A matter of fact, that is why I do not like traditional methods (O,S,U or number grades.) This traditional system does not say anything informative to parents. I am left averaging behavior with participation, projects, motor skills, knowledge...come on. All of these things to consider for a silly "S" (satisfactory) on the report card? Satisfactory what??? It is so generic and subjective.
Upon request...here are a few images of things you could use. Some are ready for you at the free document share link at the top right of my page. Enjoy.
How do you handle grading and communication with parents?