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    In a Perfect World
    By Julianne

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    I'm lucky. Our first grade report cards don't call for a letter grade. We mark whether a child is working below, at or above grade level. (Easy to determine with guided reading) Then we mark various aspects of their learning as excellent, satisfactory or needs improvement. These include things like working independently, following directions and getting along with others. I think this system is so much more appropriate for younger students. Parents get the information they need about their child's learning, children aren't forced into grade competition at this tender age and teachers can concentrate more on the teaching and less on the report card. I know this might not work for you, but it's worth looking at if you have any say over what your report cards look like. BTW, letter grades start in third grade in our district.

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