"This may be the most valuable investment you make this year. For ten years I taught without an electronic gradebook and I am embarrassed to admit that I spent endless hours each year calculating grades. Five years ago I discovered a simple software program and cut my grading time by 75%. I have since moved on to an even more advanced system and I can't believe I ever did this with a pencil, paper, and calculator. There are many programs to choose from, so make a choice and save yourself some time and aggravation!!" - Miranda Blair (Classroom Teacher - R. J. Lee Elementary School)
"One of the things that I love about our new gradebook system is the ability for so many people to access the system and participate. I used to worry when I would send a student home with an assignment that their parents needed to sign because I have seen many instances where the student just fakes the signature. I only end up finding out down the line when that parent gets angry at the final grade. With the electronic systems, parents are able to log in too, so students are not able to pull the same tricks."- Troy Danielson (Teacher - Buddy Cianci Junior High)
"My son was struggling in classes and I was not able to see it until it was already too late. Whenever I asked him about school, he would tell me about all of the fun times with his friends, but I could never get him to open up about the grade side. It feels a little bit like I have added some unfair oversight to my boy, but we have both recognized that he needs the watchful eye until he earns back the trust. I love the access we have."
"Every time my daughter writes an essay, she gets very anxious. She comes to me after her first draft and has me proofread with her to make sure that she is on the right track. I do not know what has made her so nervous, but the subjective nature of writing assignments has left her terrified that she will write the wrong things and fail. The immediacy of seeing the grade as soon as it is entered has really helped her stress, as well as mine."
"To be totally honest, I was never one to look at my kids' grades until the end of the semester unless my kid or the teacher tells me that something is up. I try to instill a sense of trust and responsibility in my kids that they can either thrive in or make mistakes that they can learn from. When grades went online, I didn't really care, but as I started logging in, I realized how wrong I've been. Stepping in, I got my son a tutor, something I'd never have known he needed without the electronic grading system."
"I have become pretty well known at my daughter's school for calling teachers. I am a little embarrassed by what they must think of my because I do not mean to be such an annoyance, but they used to call me Worry Wendy because I was always nervous about my daughter's grades. The electronic grading system made me realize that I didn't need to be so overbearing and the school loves it, maybe just because it got me off their backs."