Hello from Sharron Mendel's little sister and a middle school educator of 8 years now. All of this is excelent and something I hear daily where I work. We do student let confrences, we regularly communicate with families, and we work on providing real world connections through authentic assignments and affirmation. Yet, for all the talk, numbers seem to still turn students into factory products with their rating as their test scores. Students will take home their portfolio for their confrence and the parents will still just want to know why a grade was too low or why they did not make all A's. When asking students what does an A mean they don't know, they just know they want one.
Thanks Karon! I appreciate your comments and am glad to hear your school has a similar focus where you work. It is very hard to work on the intrinsic motivation with students and get them working to learn, as opposed to working to a grade. Thanks again!
Impressive! I'm now a follower!! (Although I do feel that working to learn and working for a grade can be linked... The grade should be able to reflect how well the child is learning...)