Learning Level Color Guide

by Matt on February 9, 2009

in Learning, Parent Notes

I have heard that often elementary teachers do not do a good job preparing students for middle school. One common area where students are not prepared is the area of grades. In elementary school we have moved away from the grading system we all knew from growing up. Instead of As, Bs, Cs, Ds, and Fs, we give 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

I think this system can be confusing for both students and parents because it is unfamiliar to us. Over the past two years I have also realized more and more the importance of helping students understand what grades mean for them as a learner. One goal of mine as a teacher is to help students understand how they learn and how they can be a successful student in the school system and in life. Part of being successful in school is figuring out what you need to learn.

As learners we all begin as novices and hopefully as we practice and get coaching and mentoring and work hard, we slowly move from Novice to Apprentice and from Apprentice to Practitioner and eventually to Expert. This is true whether we are learning how to shoot a basketball or add positive and negative numbers.

I have created a color-coded chart that helps show the connection between the learning process and grades (both number grades and letter grades). As we talk about learning this year, I will be using the terms Novice, Apprentice, Practitioner, and Expert.

I think will the right support every child can be successful and grow through these phases of learning. As a teacher or parent, we become concerned when a child is stuck at the novice or apprentice stage for a long period of time.

Learning Levels Color Guide.pdf

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