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I had the opportunity to use online grading last year. I had two classes of fourth graders each day. At least twice a week I ould enter grades. Parents could get online everyday if they wanted to check on their child's grade. It saved me time from the telephone answering why their child had a certain average. They could even see what assignments were not turned in. I also gave students the opportunity to redo an assignment by a certain date to increase their grade. This online grading helped communication between the parents and made the students more accountable for their grades. No surprises.
If we as teachers don't educate the parents who will? The latest technology of online gradebooks and e-mail are wonderful new resources that can enrich education! I really wish you would reconsider your position.
Online mirroring of what is on the school district's harddrive in no way gives students access to this harddrive- there is no way to hack this, anymore then presently exists.
I work in a system that has online grades. It is a wonderful tool if parents will access it and use it to help their kids. My pages are set up like a web site with assignments posted, due dates, grades, links for enrichment and remediation, a weekly newsletter, etc. Unfortunately only a handful of parents and students actually use the site (typically my A students and their parents). The kids who need it most either don't have computers or parents never bother to sign up for the free account to access their kids' grades. Shouldn't be surprising. "A" kids are "A" kids typically because they come from a supporting environment and they are encouraged to succeed. Apathy does not exist in a vacuum. Apathetic parents breed apathetic kids.
Your point would be much stronger if you took time to spell check and used better punctuation.
COME ON PEOPLE! im well in to my highschool years & as much as i wouldnt want my parents keeping up with my work, i know its just them trying to help.
the teachers that have posted things like "its just more of my time & effort wasted" NEWS FLASH! its your job, you're paid to do it, dont complain.
you chose your job, you chose the responsibilities! If you have children, wouldnt you want to know if they were slacking off? I would. People complaining about this, take a look, its just pure lazy.
you're a imbarrassment to the school system!
I'm not keeping two sets of books. If district wants online grades, that's what they'll get. The days of keeping a handwritten gradebook are long gone. And, yes, it stands as a public record.
Now, parents and the email system is a whole separate issue. Frankly, part of my reason for stepping back from full time teaching is to avoid the email system, which I've described as a "two-edged sword". I get paid to educate children. I'm not getting paid enough to educate parents, too!
On-line grades are not extra work at all. I maintain an electronic gradebook that is simultaneously uploaded to the web. I print out my gradebook so I have a paper backup. I could see if a teacher still uses a handwritten grade book that on-line grades may appear to be extra work, but don't most school districts have some form of electronic grades, even if they are not uploaded to the web? As far as parent communication, most of it has been positive. Problems are noticed by parents early on, and we can be proactive in addressing them. You will always have parents who ignore the opportunity and those who obsess over it. As teachers, we just have to set them straight.
I know many taechers, including myself, who are very against this if it is REQUIRED. Optional is gtreat but I am ready to quit the teaching profession becuase my District is REQUIRING teachers to post our grades online. I do not want to spend my valuable time for data entry when very few parents take the responsibility to follow up on their child's peformance. It is one thing for a parent to see a grade online and quite another for them to actually take the time to contact the teacher to see WHY their chikd scored poorly and what their CHILD NEEDS TO DO. I am much more interested in the PERSONAL contact with parents that cannot be duplictaed in a cyberworld.
This REQUIREMENT is mere busy work for me that takes my valuable time away from the more important planning I have to do in order to insure I provide a quality learning experience and environment for my students. Until children and parents are held accountable I am done adding to my workload and I really RESENT this being shoved down my throat as a District REQUIREMENT Teachers are PROFESSIONALS and we should be left alone to handle our grades and parent contact the way that is most effective for US!!!
Teacherese has proven itself to be a very effective medium to keep parents informed and involved in their children's grades and attendance, without going into the problem of hacking.
Some "overworked" teachers that claim the demands of No Child Left Behind are already excessively intrusive, do not want to have to also post the progress of their students online.
As a tutor and "parent" I fully support the use of Teacherese by mid and high schools.