It's hot here, campers. It's not as hot as the area where I grew up---where 110 degrees (Fahrenheit) was a common summer afternoon temperature. It's "only" 91 here at the moment...and it's expected that temps will rise tomorrow. I'm trying to keep a cool tool, as my Sweetie says, but I actually have a different sort of meltdown in mind at the moment.
Toward the end of the school year, I had a teacher melt down in front of me about a standards-based report card. Not the one in our district---this teacher was looking at it from a parent's perspective. The children in the family attend school in another area district which uses them...and this teacher was hopping mad. "I hate them! It doesn't tell me anything!"
I tried to ask some questions and find out what was missing. I truly wanted to know. Considering that we are implementing this type of reporting system in this district---ostensibly as a better communication tool with parents---what might not be working from a parent's perspective. Unfortunately, this teacher was so upset that there wasn't much of anything coherent to share. The idea of the standards-based report card touched that sort of nerve. The only thing I managed to get is that the parent was positive the daughter could do a certain kind of work, but there was a "1" on the report card for that area.
It wasn't the right situation to pursue this line of thinking, but I had to wonder what this teacher expected the daughter's teacher to do. I know the teacher is someone who often gives zeros to students for missing work...and setting aside the argument of whether or not zeros are appropriate...why would another teacher not be expected to do the same thing? If anything, the daughter's teacher was communicating that s/he hadn't seen the skill demonstrated...that they had no evidence. Maybe the kid could do it, as the parents attest, but how would the teacher know since the child didn't turn in her work (even when given an additional opportunity)?
I hope to continue this conversation at some point next year. I think it's worth pursuing...but I have to wait until this parent is no longer in a meltdown frame of mind.