Bad Grades

Written by Diane Sievert
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Bad grades are no fun for anybody. Contrary to popular belief, teachers do not enjoy giving students bad grades--it's often just as painful for the teachers as it is for the students. They are, however, a sad fact of life, for there will always be students who either don't, won't or can't do the work.

A Guide for Educators Dealing with Bad Grades

The most important thing to realize when giving bad grades is that the grades are not your fault. True, you have a good deal of responsibility as an educator, but ultimately the onus lies on the student. This goes for parents as well--there's only so much you can do to help a student with bad grades.

Another aspect of giving bad grades that is most important is justification. Every now and then you will get a student (and possibly parents) who is completely taken aback by a bad grade. These students will come to you demanding an explanation and it is part of your job to have one ready.

In my experience, taking a student and his or her parents through my grade book wasn't the best way to back up my grading policy. The tiny rows of endless numbers and various codes were rather overwhelming. Using a computer grading program made the whole process a lot easier because I could simply print up that student's record in a nice, neat and accessible format.

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