Thanks to TPRS and standards-based grading, I had a wonderful time at parent conferences this week. For one thing, half the moms hugged me. That was interesting–I think it’s because we all feel like we’re in this together. Then there was the fact that not one of the conversations was about grades. Instead we were all focused on what the kids’ opportunities were, what they’ve said about the recent stories and classes, and what they could do out of class to support their progress in Russian. Isn’t that amazing? Not a single question about why their kids weren’t doing well, or why they got a particular grade, or any of that stuff that used to put fear in my heart. They look at that report, and they know how the kids get the grades, more or less. They are more concerned about the whole kid and how to support the process. What a difference.