24: Grades Don’t Show the Details

Our educational system is focused on achievement in terms of numbers instead of behavioral patterns and choices. Grades do not tell the whole story though and rarely help a student grow and develop strong academic habits. We need to see below the surface and look for patterns in students’ learning to guide them in gaining strength and skills to fill gaps, correct misconceptions and develop new and better habits. Listen in to see how grades don’t show the details and what we need to do as educators to help our students truly be successful in and outside the classroom


  • We need to get out of the habit of doing something out of tradition when its no longer effective
  • How well do they swim without floaties?
  • Look at patterns, behaviors, choices, strategies, and create opportunities to showcase repetitive behaviors or uncover inconsistencies
  • Grades don’t transform classrooms, teachers or students
  • Student success should not come down to a number it should come down to the learning experience and journey of growth
  • Students are more than a number and a score. They are learning to rely on their acquired knowledge and skill set to operate in the big world out there


Join elite educators everywhere in snagging tips, tricks and freebies right to your inbox every month!
Become #empowered with the Always A Lesson newsletter: https://alwaysalesson.leadpages.co/newslettersignup/

Connect with Gretchen

Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com

Blog: Always A Lesson 

Facebook: Always A Lesson 

Twitter: @gschultek  

Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers 

Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers  

Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College 


Leave a Rating and Review



This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future.



Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher.

Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’

Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.”

Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info

Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best)

Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast 

Click ‘Send’

About the author, Gretchen

I am a teacher trainer and coach. Working elbow to elbow with teachers and teacher leaders to ensure instructional proficiency and student achievement soar lights me up. We have a real need in our nation for strong educators to remain in the field. My blog, book, podcast, courses and instructional materials are geared towards empowering teachers (and those that lead them) to receive the support needed to grow and thrive today, tomorrow and always.