“Grades are history” is a profound way of thinking about the difference between achievement (the past) and learning (the present and future).
This one of those ideas I wish I had articulated myself…thanks @pmillerscdsb!
I could not agree with you more.
What is our purpose? Our why?
Most people want to say learning. Student learning that carries on beyond the classroom. But the further you get from the student desk, the harder it is to say that, and mean it. Get far enough away from the student desk and it sometimes becomes less about learning and more about achievement. More about standardized scores, grades and averages. When you can’t see and hear and experience student learning directly, it is easy (and understandable) to look for measures to know how well our children are learning. The trouble is that these measures are limited in what they can tell you, just as they are limited in what they can tell the student.
Achievement is about the past.
Learning is about the present and future.
Students often see grades as an end point. Grades are history. Whether it’s an A or a D, a grade says “That’s it…
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