Format and title inspired by today’s Slice of Life featured teacher writer, Maureen.
Grades. They seem to define middle school and the kids within. It's all they seem to care about, It's all they seem to see. I hate grades but I am required to have ten Per quarter for both subjects I teach. Ten subjective, non-specific grades that can cause: stress arguments groundings awards social stigma self-worth "They aren't that important!" I want to shout. "They don't define you!" I want to scream. "Sometimes, I completely make them up," I whisper. Don't put so much pressure on yourself Or your child Because of grades. There are so many other important things to notice, What did you learn today? What ignited passion in you today? What confused you today? What mistake did you make today? How did you grow today? Grades. A cruel fate not only for kids but also for teachers.