Today I was completely out of my element. Unlike most of you I have never taught a full course. I hope to eventually so I was more interested today to listen to those of you who have actually been through this process.
I have come to the conclusion that I am old school. I want the grade mark. I want you to break it down for me into pieces and tell me what needs to be done to accomplish that. I don’t want to decide what to give myself. I am in YOUR classroom, I am perfectly comfortable with your abilities to tell me what number value my work has.
Having recently finished a Holland College program I can tell you that two of the courses has a pass/fail, and all others were a number grade. I detested the pass/fail. I felt it did not measure in any way the tremendous amount of work and hours that I put into it to complete the requirements. The courses that had the number grade? I saw those digits as proof of what I had done.
“So… if you want an A – do that much work. Only want a C? Do that much work”
Dave makes this point in his article. I guess because I haven’t had students it seems a bit bizarre to me that an adult would have this mindset going into a course that they’ve paid to be in. It makes me sound simplistic and naive perhaps, but shouldn’t we assume that everyone is in the class to do their best? Maybe that’s my 80’s elementary school self talking.