Grades: What They Are, What They Mean.

Some of my students did not fare as well as they expected on the Atomic Theory Celebration.  Oh well.  Let me try to explain it to you.

At the start of the year, when you gave me your first handout, the student info sheet, I gave you 5 points for it.  You had just 5 points, but it equaled 100%.  The more grades you get, the “stronger” your grade becomes.  By now, your grades are so heavy, because there are so many of them, it would take a tidal wave to push them very far. 

Which is all metaphor for, if you had a good grade yesterday, no matter how you did on the Atomic Celebration, your grade is likely close to the same.  One bad grade (or even one good one) can’t push you too far.  Look at your overall grade, not just any one grade.  Your life is not a snapshot, it’s a movie.  You are not measured by one grade, but by the weighted average of them all.

Don’t worry so much.  You’re okay.