This is a follow-up to an earlier post: The 3Ps: A Practical Grading System that Holds Students Accountable.
What is a Grade Conference?
A Grade Conference is an informal or formal conversation with the student about his/her grade. Prior to this conversation, I require the student to have a grade in mind that he/she believes he/she has earned. The student must also have a few reasons why he/she believes this is the grade he/she has earned. The student shares the grade with me, I make a note of it and state whether or not I agree. Depending on my purpose for holding a Grade Conference (weekly check in for eligibility, Progress Reports, or End of Term/Semester Grades, etc.), depends on the type of Grade Conference I choose. A student can also request a Grade Conference at any time that is convenient for both the student and myself.
Informal Grade Conferences
For an Informal Grade Conference, I might ask my students to write down the grade they believe they deserve for our Participation Guidelines over the course of 1-2 week period. I ask my students to write this down on calendars they keep in their binders (we've also written it on scrap paper as well).
As my students work, I walk around the room and have a quick 30 second-1 minute conversation with as many students as I can. As I ask the student about the grade he/she deserves, I'll simply say, "I agree" or "I disagree" and move onto the next student. Sometimes I make a note of this and sometimes I don't. If I do, I use the roster I take attendance on an write what the student said, whether or not I agree and the grade I believe the student deserves.