Our schools use a program named Edline. I’ll be honest, 2 years ago when my daughters entered high school I was obsessed with edline. I checked it several times a day, anxious to view any updated or input grades. I knew grades on quizzes or tests before they got home from school.
At times this put me in a really bad mood, angry, wanting answers, why is there a 0 for a homework grade………….why is such and such incomplete……….the list goes on and on. Other times I was pleased and excited, proud………but the mood could change like the wind.
I truly had to learn to modify my behavior. Two years later I kind of look once or twice a week at edline. I do not get emails to alert me to new updates…………too Pavlovian……….no thanks. For the most part I’d say my daughters check it and tell me their grades more often than I check.
The high school teachers seem to be a bit more savvy and on top of inputting grades and assignments, which is helpful to students and parents who might miss something. Nick’s school is a bit sluggish. It makes you wonder if we are too hooked up to technology to even notice the lack of order. I’m a parent that puts much less emphasis and pressure on elementary school than I formerly did. Having seen that your child can learn and be bright and not make straight A’s, I look for trends, understanding concepts and attitude more with Nick. Of course he is very bright and can and does make good grades, but when I see him falling behind I try to encourage better work habits and not get too freaked out.
So tell me, what has your experience with online grades and the benefits or hazards of technology in all of this been? Come on, I’ll give you and A for effort!