I am writing this to clarify my instructional techniques and grading scale. Every child in my room will eventually make a 3 on their report card because I redo every missed skill with them until it is correct. I have several reasons for doing this.
1. I believe that grades get in the way of actual learning.
2. If the child scores 60% on a test then the child only knows 60% of the fourth grade reading material. I don't think I'm doing my job if I don't try my best to have the student understand the material.Any time that 80% of the class doesn't grasp a skill I re-teach the material. It is important for the child to understand why they missed the question, and to fix the problem.
3. I reward distinguished test or re-teach the missed skills. Even if your child scores distinguished they still have to correct every question missed before they receive "bonus" time. I explain to the children that when they miss "bonus" time it is not puunishment, I am just trying to do my job. This allows me time to pinpoing reading problems and work one-on-one with each child. I give "bonus" time because I beleve rewards work more than puishment. After a couple of weeks behavior and self-motivation improves drastically in my room.
4. This is my eighth year using this system, and my weekly test scores are the highest they have ever been. Each year my test scores fo up so I believe I am on to something.
5. If there are major problems with your child's reading then I will make accommodations for the child on a one-on-one basis because each child must feel successful in order to learn.
Finally, I do not have all the answers, and I don't think my approach to teaching is the only way or right way. It does reflect my personality and my belief in your child and my teaching. I want your child to love the world of reading, and they will never love somthing that they do not understand or do well. As always, feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions.