Stage 1: Ecstatic
Wow, I’ve finally found a grading system that makes SENSE! An it matches with what I believe. This is the BEST THING EVER!
Stage 2: Confusion
Uhhhhhh, how do I get started, what learning objectives should I use, what should I do for assessments, won’t students blow off the assessments and wait to reassess?
Stage 3: Quivering ball of nerves
Oh crap, my students are doing any homework, they aren’t reading, they aren’t even reassessing. This is going to blow up in my face, I just know it.
Stage 4: Outright Fear
Oh nooooooo, most of my students are going to fail and then I’m going to get fired. Is it too late to go back to using points. I’m going to have to tell all these irate parents why little Jonny and Jessie failed my class.
Stage 5: Cautious Optimism
Hmmmm, they seem to be getting the hang of this. I’ve even got a few students on track to get A’s. I think they are learning.
Stage 6: Exhausted Happiness
Oh thank god it’s over. I gave out a lot of A’s, but they all earned them. They really seem to have learned the material for once. But next time, next time I’m doing things better so I don’t spend so much time grading. Is it time for break yet?
PS: Right now, most of us at Stout are in stage 4.