Vote for one of these:

Choice A:

  • Teaching is all about hard work, especially in assessment.
  • We must give as many formative assessments as possible so that our students do well on the summative tests.
  • We must take frequent writing samples.
  • If we are unable to give a quiz in one class, but have done it in our four other classes that day, we must give the missed quiz the next day to that one class so that we can get all five grades into the computer in a balanced way.
  • Giving and entering quizzes and frequent jGR assessments are crucial to the success of our students.
  • If we don’t work hard as teachers we shouldn’t be in the profession.
  • Staying late after school is the sign of a good teacher.
  • A grade book with lots of grades in it is always the sign of a good teacher.

Choice B:

  • Teaching is all about relaxing, so that we may be fully present for our students in class.
  • A slow and relaxed attitude gives permission to students to relax as well in their hard days in school.
  • It’s not all about hard work.
  • We must give some quizzes but a lot of weigh-ins aren’t going to make the pig grow any faster.
  • If we don’t get a quiz in on a certain day for all our classes, it is ok to just toss the other ones, especially if it’s a nice day out and we want to go do something fun instead of stay after school and show everybody how hard we work.
  • Staying late after school is not the sign of a good teacher.
  • Giving and entering quizzes and assessing frequently with jGR is not necessary to our work as teachers. In fact, it drains us and the kids can tell when we are frazzled which doesn’t help a damn thing.
  • A grade book with lots of grades might be the sign of an approval seeker.





9 thoughts on “Vote!”

  1. I don’t like every part of either of those. But it is a reminder that I am horrible at grading and need to get my jgr grades in so that my kids are changing their behaviors. AHHHHH.

  2. My self-flagellating self says A must be right, because I don’t do any of that and I have to write narrative reports on my 128 elementary age students in the next week and I can’t remember enough specifics about 2/3 of them so I should have been testing and assessing and grading them so I’d have something to report, right? Should I haul out the jGR (what the heck does jGR stand for, anyway) and spend the next 5 days getting snapshot assessments of each child? Help!

  3. Ok, I’ll vote B. But it’s unlike the culture at my school. As a new staff member said, “You all seem to have meetings just so you can create work for yourselves.”

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