Thursday, January 26, 2012
So…I just finished filling out Second Quarter Report Cards—always a joy in a teacher’s life. If only we could send home the type of report that shows what we are really thinking. I say let’s forgo these archaic letter grades and turn instead, to an entirely new platform. How about a video diary of what their child does during the hours of eight and three? I would have footage of kids picking their noses and wiping it on various surfaces throughout the room…or even worse…eating it. I would have kids staring glassy-eyed off into space, trapped inside their own unmedicated thoughts. Engaged? Sometimes…Or perhaps instead of videos, a simple note like, “John is doing swimmingly!” (Because I DO believe that there should be more times in our lives where the word “swimmingly” makes an appearance.) Either way, I feel that these paper accounts of placing a letter to a child’s achievement and effort will have to expire in the upcoming years…hopefully before my horrific sense of humor forces me to send home a “Susie just doesn’t have a clue…really…none” note!