First thing this morning I tweeted: "Report cards are nearly finished. Doing them always reminds me of how much I hate assigning grades. I just don't believe in them."
This is a big pet peeve of mine. I have many issues with grades. I think they put the focus in the wrong place for students. I don't think they communicate anything informative to parents. In fact, the more time I spend thinking about them the more frustrated I get.
Fortunately my tweeps were there for me this morning.
This response made me laugh out loud: Give everyone A's you meanie
The next response was one of those reassuring reminders that I'm not alone: I feel the same way.& then parents ask what a 3 is equivalent to...grrr. We have done so much parent ed to get them to understand.
Finally another giggle: To not believe in assigning grades? That concept sounds vaguely un-American. :-)
Those responses made starting my day so much more of a positive experience. Thanks!