I am reblogging this in connection to today’s ASCD article by Mark Barnes.
Originally posted on Turn On Your Brain:
In the classroom, I had a difficult time assigning grades to student work. Several “team time” conversations amounted to a general consensus that grading is hard work–not the process of grading, but actually figuring out what makes a difference between an 8/10, 9/10, 90/100, or 400/500. Really, what is a “grade” other than an arbitrary number we teachers, the all-knowing keepers of grading secrets (“You–A, You–B”), assign to a task. Having never experienced a course on grading practices in all seven+ years of college, no one has ever explicitly said to me, “This is a good way to grade.” So I fell into a trap of counting the number of questions/tasks/alternatives, making that the total, and counting the number of errors. Like magic, number correct divided by number of total options equals an appropriate score–I wave my grading wand and *poof* the student has a grade in the online system.