Rachel, I feel strongly that you are correct about the big pay off in
improved work when you put in the effort to grade/evaluate in stages.
Kids are much more engaged in the work and frees you to focus attention
on progress rather than discipline.
Sharon ~ NJ
On Monday, February 2, 2004, at 02:48 PM, Rachel Collings wrote:
> I grade every 9 weeks in my elementary school. My 3rd, 4th, and 5th
> graders get letter grades, the younger ones are graded more on
> development and cooperation. I see my students once a week for an
> hour. I'm at two elementary schools. I find that the older kids
> don't have a lot of finished projects to grade in the 9 weeks, so I
> grade them in stages. I also grade their sketches and any class work
> we do together. It's a lot of work, but grading in stages seems to
> help produce stronger works of art. I am able to catch the "oops"
> things and can re-teach or repeat a demonstration if I see my students
> aren't grasping the concepts of the assignments.
> hope that helps.