Thursday, October 24, 2013

Grades Going Through the Grater

     The lessons in ROGATE have opened my mind.  The grading system in school never really seemed unfair to me.  I was so used to seeing the grading system used today that I never really thought of it any other way. As Louka says so fondly, "THIS SCHOOL IS UNJUST!"
     Obviously, grades are necessary.  They tell us what we need to work on and what our strengths and weaknesses are.  We obviously need grades to guide us in school life, until we are old enough to realize those things for ourselves.  Grades are a way of communicating, to simply tell you, "Hey! You rock at English!" or "Hey! You suck at math!".  However, grades are very flexible, allowing your weaknesses to grow stronger as long as you choose the right decisions.  So, if you have a 67 grade average in math, obviously you would work harder in math to get a passing grade.

     Maybe the grading system we use today isn't telling us what to work on effectively.  Maybe there's a much, much better grading system other than the traditional system.  That "much, much better grading system" is known as a standards-based grading system.  Honestly, I've been fine with the traditional system throughout my entire life.  That was simply because I wasn't exposed to any other sort of grading system.  To me, it has always been a number, at most three digits telling me how I did on a test or homework.  However, once the standards-based grading system had been introduced to me, I realized how much better it truly is.
     The traditional grading system tells you exactly what percentage of something you have correct.  It tells you if you have an average, above average, or below average understanding of skills taught in a class.  However, the traditional grading system does not tell you specific skills you need to work on or how proficient you are in a lesson.  The traditional grading system has faults that the standards-based system covers. 

     I just want to say this again. "THIS SCHOOL IS UNJUST!" I feel as if the grading system does not accurately display my intelligence. One bad grade does not make me stupid.  But one good grade does not make me a genius.  I feel like a few bad grades turns your grade from an A to a B, when really, you didn't understand the topic at the time you took a test.  However, with standards-based grading, you can easily see which subjects you clearly understood.  It's not based on averages, but what you know and don't know. 

     I think we should use a combination of both systems.  Although standards-based grading is nice, it doesn't cover everything.  Traditional system + Standards Based System = a grading system that tells you what you need to work on AND gives you specific grades for your schoolwork.  I think that'd be very nice, don't you agree?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Whew, it's gettin' dusty in here.

Uh, hi guys.

...Sorry I haven't been around.


...Sorry I let so much dust collect in here.

So, here's something good to make up for all the mess here. Something good happening in my life.

...Nope, can't think of anything. It's like when somebody asks you what your favorite book is, and all of a sudden, the only book you can think of is Brown Bear, Brown Bear.  Too bad Brown Bear, Brown Bear can't help me right now.

But I guess something nice going on right now is that I'm content.  I mean, what's better than being content with your life?  I'm not overly happy, but I had just the right amount of troubles in my life to keep me rolling forward.  Without troubles, we'd all be stuck in the mud.

I'm just really glad that I'm content.  Mm-hmm.

...Okay, okay, I'm sorry that was lame. Here's something good that's actually going on in my life.

I've decided I'm going to teach myself how to play flute, because all the flutes in my wind ensemble just sound so graceful. I just want to be as graceful as them. :) So I'm going to look for a flute seller pretty soon! Hoo-rah!

Welp, I'm done here. I'll try to clean up 'round here.