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I use rubrics and a point system. That way I do not have to take the
time to split areas into percentages. Students get used to using the
rubrics and depend upon them for clarity in understanding assignments,
assessing their own work, and predicting how well they are doing. (
they fill out their own rubric and score their projects before I do.) I
don't get into grading behavioral issues. I found out the hard way that
it is illegal to tie acedemic grades to behavior issues (at least in
Pennsylvania it is) so the rubrics hit all of the things necessary. I
teach 7-12 grade. Hope this helps.
Pam Wellington Lackey
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