To me "teacher observation" is the most valid type of assessment.
It falls into the category of "authentic assessment". I don't use a palm
but I've used a self made rubric for years before the term became vogue.
I mark down either: check +, check, check -, or zero on a xerox copy of
my photo seating chart. You can devise elaborate descriptions for each
level to keep your principle happy. Mine are very simple:
check + = WOW
check = Met Expectations
check - = Below Expectations
zero = Nothing or Absent
I'm a big believer in the KISS rule of record keeping.
Keep It Simple Stupid, Woody in KC
Sorry, I'm not calling you stupid but I assume everyone understands that
there is no "check" symbol on my key board so to explain my method I
typed the word check. If you look at my grade book it is full of little check
Patricia Knott wrote:
> Assignments and projects are easy to document, but I always
> also have a component for class participation. The principal always
> wants to know how this is judged and recorded. The only way I know to
> do this is through personal observation and some kind of mark in my
> daily attendance book. I do not want to have some kind of rubric for
> day to day participation. I don't understand why teacher observation
> is not valid.