Monday, April 29, 2013


04.29.13 by colemama
04.29.13, a photo by colemama on Flickr.

The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called "truth"
~ Dan Rather

Ah, the time of year, when final grades are due and students politic for a couple of extra points that would move them from one letter grade to the next and teachers grapple with what that might truly mean for the student. A math teacher friend who lives in a more 'black/white' world points to the calculations, but my world tends to be more gray. Using rubrics and being very transparent about the evaluation system and formative feedback from the beginning appears to do little for those who are more interested in a grade than in learning. The dilemma is compounded when the students are prospective teachers, but in the end, the sharp thorns balance [to the best of my ability] with the beauty in the eye of nature. Naples, FL

1 comment:

  1. Sometimes grading seems arbitrary. It's just too bad that students (and this is nothing new) think more about the grades than the learning.
    I like the focus in this photograph. You have made your point ;-)