St. Gregory junior Sloane Burns published yesterday the following (front page, top of the fold) article about our new expanded reporting of learning element, the Essential Goals for St. Gregory Students, which debuted in December. My comments are below, at bottom.
The EGG From A Different Angle
Sloane Burns ’11
The EGG is well known around campus. When an outsider hears one talking about it, their reaction is usually confused. It stands for Essential Goals for St. Gregory Students. It is a new idea of headmaster Mr. Martin’s to evaluate students on 21st century skills. The EGG is an addition to the report cards that we have online and the EGG makes sure that the administration is “both measuring, and promoting the learning of, the habits of mind, the skills, and the values the administration and teachers believe are most important for the students’ future success in college and careers.” The EGG evaluates students on seven major categories. These seven categories include various sub-categories* that go further into depth of what the teachers are evaluating.
According to Mr. Martin, “The new ‘EGG’, puts a strong emphasis on the components of character, scholarship and leadership as vital things to be evaluated and reported on every semester.” The students heard one Friday in meeting, the EGG fulfills the character requirement in our motto: Character, Scholarship, and Leadership, while scholarship is evaluated on our high academic standards and Leadership is evaluated on all the work that students do on the challenge course.
Many students in the upper school aren’t exactly the biggest fans of the EGG, while in contrast the teachers think it is a great evaluating tool. Arielle Green, ’10, really takes a liking to the EGG. When asked she said: “I like the EGG because it allows teachers to grade/rate me on a more personal level. The EGG not only grades a person by character and assertiveness, but by the way the student learns. I personally learn different from everyone at St. Gregs, I may not be a straight A+ student but I put time and effort in my work. To have a program like the EGG allows the teachers to grade my effort and the time I put into class instead of just labeling me with a letter grade.” In contrast, many of the upper school students have trouble understanding the EGG and believe that it wasn’t exactly introduced the best way as Carrie Ford, ’11, puts it: “I think ‘it’ has good intentions but wasn’t thought through well enough or presented well. A lot of the teachers can’t grade us on it because they don’t know us well enough to be able to do that. They don’t see us acting in that way to be graded on these topics, everyone sees it as a joke.”
Teachers are actually for the most part, taking a liking to the EGG but at points having a little trouble fathoming it. First of all, it takes less time than comments but teachers have mentioned that the EGG is definitely more difficult than comments because the teachers have to evaluate the students individually on moral issues and some teachers find that to be quite uncomfortable to do. Overall the teachers believed it is a good idea; it just may take a while to catch on.
The EGG is very new on the St. Gregory campus. It made its first appearance in the first semester report cards and is only a test run. Nothing is permanent yet. It definitely has its ups and it could be a good idea even though some kinks may need to be ironed out before it really catches on.
* 1. Effort
Work ethic and perseverance
2. Integrity and ethical minded-ness
Demonstrating compassion and empathy
Acting responsibly, with the interests of the larger community in mind
Understanding complex ethical issues and making reasoned decisions accordingly
3. Leadership Skills, including influencing others and facilitating collaboration
4. Communication Skills – seeking clarity and producing quality in
Writing and Speaking
5. Thinking Skills
Inquisitiveness and curiosity
Critical Thinking and Independent-Mindedness
6. Innovation Skills
Creativity and ingenuity
Experimentation and risk-taking
7. Complex, Real-World, Problem Solving Skills