Monday, August 28, 2006

Learning and Grades the Magical Connection

What does learning look like to you? How do you know you have learned something? What do grades mean to you? What is the purpose of grades?

52 Comments:

Blogger Madisonm said...

I feel that grades are just a sort of way to check up on your learning. Classes and homework are there to help you learn and to help you to develop new ways to learn. When you recieve a grade for something, it is the teachers opinion of the quality of that work. When you recieve a good grade, it assures you that you that your work was satisfactory to the teacher. You can review your work and think of ways to make it even better. However, when you recieve a poor grade from a teacher, that lets you know that the teacher did not believe that you worked up to your potential on that assignment. You can then look over that work and decide what you did wrong and what you should fix for the next assignment.

Recieving grades can help you learn. It can show you the areas that you are succeeding in and the areas in which you need to give more time and effort.

Mon Aug 28, 01:06:00 PM  
Blogger sarahc said...

Learning to me looks like flashcards and repitition. It's also very visual. I learn better when I can put learning with a word, phrase, or picture.

I know I have learned something when I can remember it on demand and teach other people.

Grades to me are a plot of where you are, on paper. It doesn't mean much, all it means is that you can do homework and remember things.

Grades are for a reference as to how well you do work on paper. It doesn't tell what you know, just what you can spit back out.

Mon Aug 28, 01:06:00 PM  
Blogger BenH said...

Wow. I just lost my comment. That stinks.

Well, to me learning takes on different appearances, depending on what is being learned.

I know I have learned something when I can recall the information on command.

To me, grades are a way to measure my progress. They measure different things depending on the class.

Sorry that is so short, everyone, but I really didnt want to te-type everything.

Mon Aug 28, 01:12:00 PM  
Blogger tomr said...

Learning is when you gain a piece of knowledge that you didn't have before, in my opinion.

Grades, however, are the product of people who thought that creativity needed to be measured. Grades are often unfair, especially when it's for something objective like an essay. They only have meaning when it's right-or-wrong problems.

It is the unfortunate truth that colleges pay a lot of attention to grades. Although teachers often inflate grades with extra credit or curves, which really renders them meaningless. In all reality, there is no way to gauge learning. But, sadly, grades are the closest we have.

Mon Aug 28, 01:14:00 PM  
Blogger TyC said...

I think that learning comes in many forms and it is up to you to recognize it. I know that I have learned something when it sticks in my head and I can remember it when it comes up later in that class. I think that the purpose of grades is to show you where you are academicially. If you have bad grades, then you know that you are not trying hard enough.

Mon Aug 28, 01:14:00 PM  
Blogger Lane C. said...

I'm not the most metaphorical person so I can't really say what learning "looks" like to me. I guess it looks like...pizza. There are bunch of ways to do it and there's one or more ways for you specifically do it right. Some might like pepperoni. Some Cheese. Just like some people are visual learnes, some people kinetic learners and others may learn by hearing. I myself am a visual learner. I also prefer pepperoni though i doubt anyone cares. It's important for people to know what kind of learner they are so they can learn more easily.

Grades are semi important to me. I say semi becuase sometimes if the grade doesn't reflect the work I know I totally ignore and instead use it to learn how to play the game of doing what the teacher wants even if you disagree. However, if my grades fall below a certain point i get a little frustrated and want to fix it.

I think the point of grades is for you and your parents to know how you are doing. They aren't the most important thing but they are worth something. They show your intelligence and demonstration of knowledge.

Mon Aug 28, 01:15:00 PM  
Blogger maria k said...

Learning should be fun. That way, it will stick in my head and won't just be something I memorize and forget right after the test. I know I've learned something when I think about it outside of school and not feel overwhelmed right after the test

Grades shouldn't be the most important thing in school, since the goal of school is to learn. But since grades are looked at by so many people and can judge your colledge career and the rest of your life, they are hard to forget about. Grades should just be a measure of what you have learned, not so much of a test that determines who you are.

Mon Aug 28, 01:15:00 PM  
Blogger kjerstinL said...

Learning comes in different forms. One of my favorites is asking questions. Asking questions are an easier way to learn because you are wondering what the answer is, you're not necessarily being told. Also, learning comes in interaction. Interaction with others help our minds grow and realize there's always more than one answer.

By knowing something, you've accepted the information given to you and it's out into your brain. That doesn't mean that you'll remember it, but it's there.

Grades to me are something that lets me know how well I am understanding the information and like sarahc said, it is basically something that lets you know how well you can get what you've learned out of your head.
Grades lt me know how much harder I have to work too.

The purpose of grades are to make sure that people understand what they are being taught. They let people know whether or not you are ready to go to the next level.

Mon Aug 28, 03:02:00 PM  
Blogger AnnaD said...

I agree with everything that has been said, but I do have a bit to add of my own. I feel that I have truly learned something when I can not only REMEMBER it, I can truly understand WHY we have to learn about it.

For example, if I just knew how slavery was abolished, that'd be good, but I would not know what to do with this information. It would get me a good grade on the test, but then what would happen to it? It would be tucked away in a corner of my mind or forgotten.

In this case, I would know that I had truly learned something if I understood WHY we were learning it in the first place. In this example, we had to learn about the abolishing of slavery in order to understand why it happened and figure out how to prevent anything like it ever happening again. In understanding this, I have really LEARNED the information.

This is why I love learning. If you don't look at school work as drudgery (as hard as it may be when we get our homework out of our lockers and in doing so empty it out!) and instead look at it as a way to develop oneself into a better person, school seems like a lot more fun!

Grades, as everyone else has said, are simply a measurement of how you're doing. They serve as a marker of where you are, and allow you to figure out where you want to go.

Mon Aug 28, 03:22:00 PM  
Blogger karib said...

I think that grades are sort of like a measure of the effort that you put into the class. A student can't get good grades in a class unless they turn in work and do well on tests. No matter how smart someone is, they need to put forth effort to do well. I think that grades are also a motivator. Students wouldn't work as hard if they wern't being "compared" to other students.

I think people learning look like they're enjoying it. Learning may not be fun like playing games or sports, but I think people are more likely to remember information if they enjoy learning it.

Mon Aug 28, 03:37:00 PM  
Blogger EmilyL said...

Learning to me doesn't have to be just in a class. Learning to me happens all the time. You can be learning whether you are at the dentist office or sitting in a desk.
I personally learn the best by puzzling something over amny times and moving things around myself. This I way I know I learned if I can repeat rationally to myself how I got there and why I know it is right.
As far a grades go as long as I turn in my assignments and try my hardest grades don't matter at all to me. When I feel like I didn't graspe something, that is when grades began to matter. Then I start worrying more about the grade then my understanding of the concept.
When we come to the purpose of grades, I agree with everyone else, that gardes are merely indicators of did you turn your work, did you study etc. Unfornutatley, too often grades are used as the end be all of what kind of person you are without regard to your character.

Mon Aug 28, 03:59:00 PM  
Blogger paigen said...

You know you have learned something if you can thoroughly teach it to someone else. Grades to me mean that you have understood something or you haven't. If you get an A that means that you have learned it and understand that topic completely. If you get a B or a C that just means that you haven't quite learned all of the material and that you still have some learning to do. But if you get a F then you don't know what the heck you are talking about and you need to retake the course. The purpose of grades is just to show you what you know and what you don't know. People shouldn't stress so much on grades because they only are letters that symbolize what you know.

Mon Aug 28, 04:18:00 PM  
Blogger elyse h said...

Learning happens all the time. Sometimes you don't even realize you learned something until you remember it afterwards. I know i've learned something when i am able to explain it to someone else, and when i remember it later. To me grades are just numbers or letters that remind you how well you understood something. The purpose of grades depends on the person giving the grades. Sometimes the purpose of grades is to show you that you did or did not actually learn something very well. If a teacher notices her entire class is getting bad grades they pay attention to how they were teaching and try explain things differently. To other people grades are just how much you participate.

Mon Aug 28, 04:59:00 PM  
Blogger lauraf said...

To me learning is gaining knowledge in a way that helps a person truly understand a topic and be able to remember the information for use during both the present and future. I know I have learned something when I am sure that I can teach the information to someone else or when I can make connection to another text, to myself, or to events that have either taken place or are happening presently around the world. To me grades are a reflection of how much I am understanding the topic and also how much effort I am putting in to the assignments and my willingness to learn.

Mon Aug 28, 05:28:00 PM  
Blogger Laurab said...

Learning and Grades:

I think that learning looks like students getting involved with the class and applying what they learn to everyday life. It also looks like the teacher beginning to build a relationship which their students and learning about their life. If a teacher knows something about a student, it can help the teacher know how to approach the student's learning habits. The student will also feel comfortable about responding in class if there is a comfortable enviornment. For example, a student will answer more in class if they feel like they will not have their ideas cast aside in class, as opposed to a place where they would be.

To me, grades are a representation of how much the student is learning and how good of a job the teacher is doing at teaching the student. What I don't like is when a teacher sets aside a great portion of the students' grades to tests, and tell the students that their tests are difficult. I had a teacher last year who gave extremely difficult tests and exams, and then gave most of the overall grade to the test. Some people are not good test takers and have a hard time getting a good grade on tests. Providing most of the students' grade for the tests doesn't give the teacher a good idea of how the student is progressing. Daily homework assignments are better in the respect that the student can practice and learn each night. There also isn't as much stress on daily assignments as on tests and exams, so students won't stress out and make themselves go crazy over a tests. Daily homework is much easier.

Mon Aug 28, 05:51:00 PM  
Blogger phillips said...

I think grades are theroretically a good idea to show a students ability. However, they end up show who worked harder, anyone can get an A if they try hard enough, And they don't reflect a students ability and knowledge.

Mon Aug 28, 06:52:00 PM  
Blogger tanal said...

To me learning is when you gain any new information that you didn't know before even if it is something very like how to spell a word, or whether you just learned a whole new subject. To learn you have to participate in class and ask any questions until you fully get something. You also have to complete all of your work, study good for any tests and quizzes and do your class work.

Grades are just based on a letter and number scale used to evaluate your work. Good grades usually show that you fully know the topic and that you have been doing all of your work. Teachers don't give you the grades, you give yourself the grade when you do the work, but they use the grades to tell you how good your work is or how well you did on an assignment or test.

Mon Aug 28, 07:11:00 PM  
Blogger KathrynT said...

Grades certainly matter a lot. Its what colleges first look at. If you don't have an acceptable GPA, they probably won't look any further into what you are actually like. However, that doesn't mean that that is the best thing to use to get to know someone. Or the best unit to use to find out how much the student really learned. Most any one could memorize a few things for a test and pass with flying colors, but forget it all once the test is over with. But another student could really learn a lot over the coarse of the year and hold onto that information, but their final grade wouldn't be as close to the beginning of the alphabet for other reasons. When you really learn something, you understand it. It's not all memorization and reciting facts and numbers. It's knowing why you do that to get the right answer or why an event happened in history. Grades don't represent how much a student understands. They represent how well the student was at turning in assignments and getting the right answer(not necessarily if they know why that answer is correct).

Mon Aug 28, 07:29:00 PM  
Blogger endsleye said...

To me, learning information is having your eyes opened to a new understanding or idea. Something that is new to you.

I don't think that grades really show how much you know on a subject or class. You could be the smartest person in the class and know the subject the most but not do homework or do badly on test and therefore have an F in the class. I think that grades mainly reflect on the amount of work you put into the class and not if you know the material or not.

Mon Aug 28, 07:37:00 PM  
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Mon Aug 28, 08:01:00 PM  
Blogger Rileys said...

Learning I guess can look like a bunch of insurgents entering a fortress and enforcing it with wisdom making the fortress more advanced and improved.
You should know when you have learned something when you can drag it out of the depths of the mind when the need arises and use and understand the information effectively.
Grades to me are a mirror reflecting the amount of knowledge that I absorb and obtain through school. But they are also not used effectively this way, for many students learn information and regurgitate the information on tests and worksheets to recieve a good grade when they really learn nothing at all.
I think that the purpose of grades are for schools to compare with other schools to say haha we're better than you. Grades should actually be a means of telling how well a student is progressing academically throughout the year.

Mon Aug 28, 08:08:00 PM  
Blogger Aylar said...

To me learning is when you discover and retain iformation that you will use later in life or at that moment. ANYTHING you know how to do you've had to learn!!
When I have learned something I remember it always, do it all the time, and hardly ever if ever forget how to do it. To me grades are SUPER important!!!! I have always thought this way probably cause my parents ingrained that into my head since PRE-K but still.... The purpose of grades is to show yourself/teacher/parents how you are doing in class. Where you need to improve and hopefully the areas that you exell at. You should not however OBSESS about them. Do your personal and sincere best that's all anyone can ask for.

Mon Aug 28, 08:10:00 PM  
Blogger hannahs said...

I do not think that learning has a certain look. We all have different learning styles whether we are kinethetic, auditory or visual learners. I know I have learned something when an idea or piece of information sticks in my mind and i remember it. Also, when I am able to teach someone what I have learned, then I know I have retained information. To me, grades are very important. I know that probably isn't the healthiest or best thing for me, but why should I come to school if I am not going to work hard and be the best student I can be? I think the purpose of grades is to measure the amount of effort you put into your school work. I do not think grades are meant to measure how intelligent you are because I think that would be completely inaccurate.

Mon Aug 28, 08:14:00 PM  
Blogger saram said...

To me, learning is being introduced to something you did not know before. Once you are introduced, you can expand off of it and learn more and more about the subject.

I COMPLETELY agree with endsleye. There is little purpose in having grades. They mostly reflect how much effort you put into class and homework. The smartest student in the class can know everything there is about one subject, but is just too lazy to do the work and fails the class. This does not show how much he knows, but shows that he is lazy.

Grades ARE important to me, but they don't show how you have improved over the course of the class or what you need to improve on. I think that would be more practical than grades.

Mon Aug 28, 08:20:00 PM  
Blogger BenH said...

I pretty much agree with what has been said, and think lanec put it especially well. However, there is one thing I would like to add: grades are often not completely objective measures. A lot of time a teachers opinion plays into a grade. Many teachers love to say that they don't give grades, the students earn them. But many grading elements, especially in a class such as English are not black and white. Things like whether a paper was well organized or whether the sentence structure was varied enough are mattters of opinion.

Ok, maybe there is one more thing. Grades are often not comparable. If I get an A in one English, someone else in another class might have gotten a B. What I would like to know is this: what do you think grades reflect? Do you think an A in Ms. Smith's 9th grade English Honors at AHS should be the same as an A earned in a class taught at a Cherry Creek school?

Mon Aug 28, 08:24:00 PM  
Blogger connord said...

Learning to me can be alot of things. Most of the time i think of learning as a text book and lectures from teachers. Yes, i think of education as usual. I usually know that i learned something when i can explain it to my friend not just write it out because if i write it out it usually is just copied, but if i explain it it means that i completely understand it. Grades mean alot to me and not because my parents care because they really dont put pressure on me, but i want to get good grades for the future.The purpose of grades is to have goals for the students and help measure how well the students are doing.

Mon Aug 28, 08:35:00 PM  
Blogger ADRIANA G said...

When many eople think of learning, they think of a row of classroom desks and a leture or doing assignments and reading. However, this is not the only way to learn. Everything that happens in your life teaches something, whether it's about science, communication, or yourself.
Grades, I think, were invented with good intentions. In theory, you learn in an assortment of different ways at school, and grades are just another learning tool. They show students where work is needed, and help teachers figure out how to teach better. Unfortunately, grades have mutated into something totally different. For example, there is a lot of grade inflation. However, some teachers try to fight it. Grades have started to represent students. They are a symbol of how smart the student is. So when some teachers grade harder than others, the grade of one student, when compared to that of a student with a different teacher, does not necessarilly say the right things about the two students. That is why standardized tests were created, but those too have evolved beyond usefullness. As you can see, the problem of grades continues to become more complicated because of issues that shouldn't actually exist.
These are all examples of education as usual.

Mon Aug 28, 08:45:00 PM  
Blogger adamb said...

To me, learning looks like people being confident in their knowledge and building on that strong base. If the base isn't there, then it is incredibly harder to learn. I know I have learned something because I feel good and confident. I have successfully added on to my base structure of knowledge. You know that you could answer this question when it is asked. Grades are a measuring stick for your structure of knowledge and learning. But you have to use it properly in order for it to be effective. They should not bear weight over your performance in class. Effort to master the material is what should be observed and entered as the grading scale. To me grades are a way of telling you you're wrong. And that can be helpful, depending on what the subject is.

Mon Aug 28, 08:47:00 PM  
Blogger kimmy c said...

Learning doesn't have to look like anything. Learning can be expressed in so many ways, such as orally by a parent or peir, by reading a book, hands on or studying something by yourself.

I know that I personally learned something when I can not only tell you what I learned, but I can also give you a lecture about my opinion about whatever it is.

Grades are to me a scale of how a teacher sees my level of knowledge as well as my willingness
to learn, and grasp the ideas presented to me.

The purpose of grades is to give us as well as others, an understanding of how well we are doing with the grasping ideas, and generally how much we participate in the class as well as our homework.

Mon Aug 28, 09:03:00 PM  
Blogger Zachf said...

To me, learning looks like this; a person showing understand of a subject. To show that they could be tested, or just asked questions plainly.
I know i have learned something when I can teach it to other people. That way I know how to cover everything and see how someone else develops. If I can speak intelligently about the subject I know i got it.
Grades mean a lot to me because it shows that I excell in something, it's proof. However, grades also seem pointless to me if I can tell someone what something is with out having to take a test.
The purpose of grades is to show you understand what is required of you in school. Unfourtunately, people who don't do their assignments but understand the material are labeled as not knowing what they're doing.

Mon Aug 28, 09:05:00 PM  
Blogger _annaw_ said...

I'm not entirely sure that learning is something that you can see(other than on other people's faces). I think learning is a state of mind in which you absorb information.

I know I've learned something when I can teach someone else or help them--that means it doesn't confuse me and makes perfect sense.

Grades are a prety high priority--I need those to get a good college/job.

Grades are meant to show your academic acheievement(I'm not saying it works, but I can't tell you any other way).

Mon Aug 28, 09:17:00 PM  
Blogger JoanneH said...

To learn is to take in knowledge, experience, or understanding at any point in time. People learn all day, every day, whether they learn in school or on their own. I learn something when I absorb it for use later on. I love to learn, so this isn’t hard for me. To me, grades are a measure of the amount of k knowledge that has been gained. Grades tell you what you’ve learned, but they are notoriously inaccurate. For example, a student might be brilliant, really enjoy learning, but they may be a terrible test-taker. Their grade would say they aren’t learning anything, when really they know everything but just can’t take tests. It’s hard for teachers to gauge how well their students understand something unless they use grades, so grades are a necessary evil.

Mon Aug 28, 09:23:00 PM  
Blogger briang said...

Learning to me looks like when a student is being told imformation they did not know or have learned before. You can know alot about a subject, but you can always learn new things about that subject and although you knew a great deal about it, you are still learning because it is NEW information. However this brings up the point that just being told somthing doesnt mean you have LEARNED it. To learn somthing you must aquire and store that information.
I know I have learned somthing when I am able to repeat the information I have been taught and be able to use the information. What is the point in learning somthing if you wont apply it? Teachers wouldnt teach you somthing that you wouldnt or couldnt apply, it would just be a waste of time. Its like my spanish teacher always says, you can learn and remember all the words in spanish and what they mean, but if you cant speak the language, have you really learned spanish?
Grades to me are just evaluations on how hard you are willing to work in a class. Espescially in an eniglish class where grades are more subject to the teachers opinion, unlike math or science where you are either right or WRONG! Grades do not really show how smart a student is, its just how hard they work. But by working hard you can become smarter too.
Basically these topics go hand in hand. The purpose of grades is nothing UNLESS you have learned somthing in the process of being graded.

Mon Aug 28, 10:29:00 PM  
Blogger AleeA said...

In my opinion, learning is in the eye of the beholder. As an individual, I think that learning can come in many forms, be it a game or activity or an assignment requiring more attention, work, and detail. Learning isn't just physical activity however, it is understanding something thoroughly and not just having it memorized. To me, learning isn't memorizing for a test only to forget the information afterwards. It is to have it in your head so that you can recall it suddenly without preparation.
I know that I've learned something when I can remember it off the top of my head and not have to go back to references. If you need to go back and relearn something, then you never really learned it at all. It is okay to review things, but this should be a quick process. I also know I've learned something when I can tell other people about it and give them the correct information.
Personally, grades mean EVERYTHING to me, but I am trying to change this. Grades are just a small portion of what really matters in school, which is learning . If you memorize things, forget them later, and get good grades for that, it may seem fine at the time, but in the long run, it doesn't help you at all. A grade is just a friendly, and sometimes not so friendly, reminder of how you are doing in certain subjects and where you might need improvement. What really counts is whether or not you understand the material. A grade should really be an extra on the side of this. The overall purpose of grades is to help keep you on track in school, so that you can be a successful student who really takes advantage of learning. Truly learning things is the ultimate goal, and will help you more than grades will in life.

Mon Aug 28, 10:46:00 PM  
Blogger chelseah said...

I think that learning is something that looks different to everyone. You cannot always see learning, but it is always happening. You know you have learned something when you can remember it, and use that info daily. Grades are supposed to be a reflection of your knowledge, but I don't think that this is always true. You never truly know the cpacity of your knowledge.

Tue Aug 29, 07:31:00 AM  
Blogger joshb said...

I know that I have learned something when I can use it in an everyday situation. If I use something that I have been taught to prove a point in a debate, then I feel confident that I know what I am talking about. Grades are performance and how one performs after learning something.

Tue Aug 29, 07:48:00 AM  
Blogger Shelby B. said...

Learning is where somebody is teaching others to understand something they don't understand, and they understand it and understand how it is applied to life. You know you've learned something once you can explain it to someone else and use it in a real life situation.

Grades are just showing what you do, but not proving you've learned anything. Someone could be extra smart and just know the answers and not work for them. Or where a extra smart person doesn't even study for a test, but still gets an A, and there is another student that works, studies really hard everynight for a few hours then comes testing day they feel great about it, but still get a B or C

Tue Aug 29, 11:39:00 AM  
Blogger jess b said...

Learning, to me, looks like students contributing not necessarily definitions and facts but new ideas that others can take in and think about. When you can challenge others with your own thoughts is where you really begin to learn.
You know when someone has learned something, or when they just memorized it. It's easy to memorize phrases, definitions, and facts; but, its much more difficult to stand and discuss and show that you understand a topic by looking at it in different context, or by explaining it to others and be able to answer their questions they have about it. If you can teach it, then you understand it.
Grades are very important to me; although, I think that many kids think way too much of them. An 'A' in a class doesn't show how intellegent you are; but more like how hard working and dedicated you can be. Some kids are extremely smart but don't apply themselves. Those of us who do apply ourselves will end up in a much more safisticated world.

Tue Aug 29, 01:57:00 PM  
Blogger erinl said...

To me,learning, is something where you educate your slef about something you did not already know. I agree with jess b, when part of learning is what you take in and think about it. You challenge yourself to find out things that you don't know or understand. Grades, are a measure of progress, althought they do no always show was you have learned. I know this because in 7th grade when I was taking pre-algebra, I was getting an A in the class but I had absolutely no idea what I was learning. It never occured to me that I shouldn't be in the class until after the fact. Grades do show your progress in a class but they are not always showing what the student is thinking and how well they understand it. They might get an A on the test but only becuase the information was pounded into their head, they might not have any idea what it means. Therefore, grades can be useful or they can mean nothing.

Tue Aug 29, 04:37:00 PM  
Blogger declanh said...

To me, learning is gaining knowledge or even just a basic idea about anything. We learn things every day but we don't realize it. I know I've learned something when I can spit the information back out. Maybe not on someone else's command, but when I need to. Grades, to me, are only for my parents. I know if I have learned something and gotten something out of the class or assignment. The purpose of grades are to show progress in what you've learned. Once again, I know what I've learned, grades are just a representation of that.

Tue Aug 29, 05:11:00 PM  
Blogger Sarah C said...

i think i have learned something when i understand, and can explain the topic thoroughly. plus, i also know i have learned when i can remeber the information a long time after the subject was covered. grades are extremely important to me. mostly because the grade matters (getting into college). i think that grades are an unfair system that divide us based on the percent we get on a pres., test, etc., and not on the amount of effort or understanding of a subject we have.

Tue Aug 29, 06:31:00 PM  
Blogger HannahJ2 said...

Learning looks like teachers and students communicating and listening to each other in order to learn new things.

I am personally a visual person so when I learn, it helps to have pictures, demonstrations, or videos to help me learn the concept.

Grades are very important to me and I try to do my best on all the assignments given to me so that I can receive the best grade possible.

The purpose of grades is to give the students something to work for. If a teacher just randomly assigned something but it wasn't going to be graded, a student might not do their best work on it.

Tue Aug 29, 08:09:00 PM  
Blogger lindsey c. said...

To me learning looks like not only lectures and notes, but a certain amout of leniancy to make the learning fun and exciting. This, for me, will make it easier to remember because it was more hands on than just taking notes.
I know I have learned something when I can walk away from the experience and talk to somebody or write a paper and just casually slip that new information in their, not even noticing that I did.
Grades, to me, are a way to show your progress. If you have good grades, then you know what your learning and understand it, but if your grades aren't that good, than you should know that you need to either paty attention to the material mor or to realize that you need help and get it.

Tue Aug 29, 09:56:00 PM  
Blogger EmilyA said...

Learning is where there is a teacher and then a student (or somebody who takes in the teacher's information). The teacher should teach things that the student does not understand or new things that have never been taught to them. Once the student can explain the subject being taught, the teacher has accomplished his or her goal on the student learning something.
To me, grades show how much effort the student puts into his or her work and how well she can understnad it. The purpose of grades is to shwo where the student could put a little more effort into his or her work.

Wed Aug 30, 05:19:00 PM  
Blogger Mphair said...

I learn mostly through hands on and reading. I know I have learned something when I remember it past the test. Grades are an indicator of how I'm doing. They aren't life or death normaly, but I know I need to understand something.

Wed Aug 30, 07:52:00 PM  
Blogger EmilyH said...

To me learning looks like discussions. Like questions with no answers, and emphasis on intellect, not test scores. Even though this isn't what learning usually is, I think its what it should be. I have learned something when i can remember it the summer after school ends, or, if i'm lucky, the next school year. To me grades mean alot, and a little. They mean my future, my college, and my job. But they are also an extreemly shallow measurement of a persons ability to take tests, or their motivation, not at all their real intellegence. Grades are the best way schools have to measure academic sucess for all the classes, but I still dont think that they are a quality display of a persons intelligence.

Wed Aug 30, 08:20:00 PM  
Blogger Maddyg said...

i think learning has kind of a subjective meaning. To me, I would probably say it is that I have gained a new knowledge or understanding through some source, but not neccessarily a specific source.When it comes to grades, I think they are good motivation but not always a good representation of a student, and therefore good and bad.

Wed Aug 30, 08:22:00 PM  
Blogger Alex M said...

I feel that learning is when you sit down and discover somehting for yourself. When I have learned something, I can walk away and tell somebody in full detail. There is no purpose in grades, except for parents to ground their child for not working up to expectaions. Grades are an unfair measure of success. 75% is average, and my parents look down on that as terrible. I said that if politicians were right about 75% of the things they said, the world would be a 100% better place to live. I was sent to my room after that.
Sorry, Smith for these being so late.
Blogger wouldn't let me on, so I created a new one.
Alex Manning

Sat Sep 02, 04:29:00 PM  
Blogger shaunam said...

Mrs. Smith,
I was looking over the blogs and I know that i posted one but it looks like it was never on here so here it is again:

I think that learning something is being able to fully understand it not just rattle it off to somebody. Grades determine if you can rattle things off or not which is unfair but when it comes to school important. It is one thing if you are a good learner and are a good test taker, but another if you memorize things and then do not ever fully understand about what you are reading.

Tue Sep 05, 05:47:00 PM  
Blogger danh said...

Another late response: To me learning is when someone tells me something that i didn't know that is important for me to know. In know I've learned something when i try to remember if I had known about something before someone told me and my answer to my thinking is that no, I didn'y know that. If that made any sense. To me grades are a way to know if you understand something the right way. If your grades are high, it means that you understand what someone taught you and that you are able to remember it and apply it to real-life situations.

Sun Sep 17, 10:41:00 PM  
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