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Re: Grading in elementary

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lindwood_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Feb 01 2004 - 14:58:56 PST


I have 200-220 kids per year, all year. It takes me as long to sit down
and write individual comments or notes on each kid's work/project to
remember in my grade book as it does to take the photos. THis way, I can
really see what a kid's work is like across the board and get a true
feeling of their progress or lack of progress at a glance. I have a
discipline book, called a "Guest Book" that resides in the back of my
classroom on my papier mache' "Scream" (as in Munch) Chair. Kinda funny
combination, eh? Anyway, it was 6 categories for kids to check off if
they misbehave...disrupting during group time, not cleaning up, not
following directions, noisy, not working, and rude. If I warn a kid and
they continue the behavior, they go check off their name under the
corresponding offensive behavior, and they take 5 minutes out. All I
have to do is glance at that, and I can remember who did what bad enough
to get in my book for behavior. Once in my book means nothing, but
patterns mean a note home or a call to parents. Like I said, I'm very
fast with the keyboard and digital photgraphy, and it works for me. 400
kids...hmmm. I'd think twice about that too. Could you have a parent
volunteer photograph for you? Once the tables are made and the photos
named, it takes no time at all to slide the images into the Word Table.
I don't know anyone else who does it this way, but it truly has made me
see my kids more clearly.

Linda Woods

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