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I hope this clarifies some of the questions I have been receiving as far
as my grading procedures.
I put the grade sheets on one piece of paper (back to back). Each
student has one and it is dated for an entire marking period. At the
beginning of each marking period... or the week grades are due in the
office, I remind them of the grading system and have them fill out the
tops of each side of the sheets. This helps remind them of the classroom
procedures and when they receive their report card in a day or two....
why they got the grade.
FIRST GRADE: I grade on project skills - all skills are averaged
together and that is one part of their grade. Do you all understand what
I mean by skill grades? Each project is created using certain skill and
techniques. Those skills are the students grades. (If needed I can send
in email an example of those). They don't get one individual project
grade for the completed work. That's a benefit for many reasons.
SECOND GRADE: I use MS excel when it comes to averaging participation
grades. I write a formula in one column for possible points to receive
minus actual points lost. I type in only points lost and the computer
does the rest... it gives me an average from 100 - 0. No, I don't stop
class to do the grade sheets. When students enter the room on a work day
(non introduction day) they are suppose to go straight to their cabinets
and get their out work and materials and get started. I watch and as I
take roll quickly, I can see who is standing around talking etc. As we
are working, I know who is not participating and what they are doing.
During an introduction, demonstration, I don't stop class to write BUT
believe me I remember who causes a disturbance and at the end of the
period I take note of it. During clean up (Their job skill grading), I
am standing at my drawing desk watching the activities. My supervisors
are running around double checking which jobs are done or not. My
supervisors are held accountable if a job is not done. They have to do
an unfinished job clean up if their classmates slack. (Supervisors are
not crazy over doing extra work - who is? So they call out jobs and
students names to get it done). Each job has to be done before the
students leave OR both the job person and supervisors loss points. If
the supervisors do someone else's job, the supervisors get noted for
that. From my desk I can see the whole class and sometimes still must
give additional directions.... after all they are kids. At the end of
the period the bell rings, kids leave and I take 10 seconds to put
checks by any student who did not follow directions. If I must... while
it it fresh in my mind, I may write a short note on a grade sheet, all
before the next class starts. I'm NOT a paper person and don't spend a
lot of time on this or running around the room checking for everything
at the end of each period. If something does get left out or not
cleaned, when the next class comes in, they WILL tell me if their area
was not cleaned properly. They know they will have to clean it BUT they
also get rewarded with extra points and definitely want me to dock the
Their faithfulness to performing their job and the continuous proper
care of tools and the room is their THIRD MAJOR GRADE AVERAGE.
All three grades... project skills, participation, and job (tool care)
are averaged together for a marking period grade. Weight them any way
you feel fit.
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