We are currently in the middle of a project to see how to possibly use grades in year 4 and 5 for the future. We decided to be part of this project since we both believe that students should know where they stand with their results as well as the fact that we would rather be part of the investigation process instead of waiting for something to happen. Our school was interviewed last week and here is the link if you would like to read and listen. https://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=93&artikel=7142884.
It has now gone two weeks after the winter holiday and the spring term has started off extremely well. Speaking with teachers, the most common expression is that there seems to be an even more focused learning. I have been priviledged to read with the year 4 students this week at their English lessons. Today, I visit the 5b Swedish lesson which was filled with creative stories they are writing and some at at such an advanced level it is hard to believe. I also witnessed year 4 mathematics, where they were comparing different methods of solving a problem and I was even asked to show how I would solve the problem. In year 5 mathematics they were working in small groups speaking English about how different graphing styles are used for different situations. I also witnessed a year 9 gym lesson where they were doing circuit training and everyone was engaged and working really hard. I have been very impressed on how focused and engaged the students are and it is no wonder why our results are as they are. We truly are a school where teachers can teach and students can learn.