Many schools offer a way for parents to view their kids’ grades online. I personally don’t want to look. I ask them how they are doing. They show me their papers and their grades. In theory I should know what their grades are.
I think I am afraid that if I start looking I will look all the time and micromanage their school work. I want them to be responsible and know when things are due, know when tests are and know when they are in trouble.
Blackboard is the common tool for online grades for colleges. It is amazing. The kids check their grades constantly on it — especially the ones trying to keep their state scholarships.
Update to this story: I wrote this last week and since last week I have actually used the grade website twice. Walsh somehow missed a test in math, and I was trying to figure out how. So I looked up the date of his absence and the date of the test on the website. So that was very helpful. Rose also came home with a 100 on her math test, and we were trying to figure out what her overall grade would be so we looked online to see if it was added in. So now that I have saved the log in and password to a safe place, I am appreciating having the ability to look online if necessary.
Do you look at your students’ grades online? Why do you look instead of ask them?