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Re: grading


Date: Mon Oct 30 2000 - 02:30:45 PST

In a message dated 10/29/00 6:08:01 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

<< This is my first year as art teacher at my school. I need help with
grading. The 7th and 8th grades have 2 projects which I am grading for 1st
quarter. Many did not finish at the expected time, so I allotted time both
before and after school as extra work time for them to finish and repeatedly
reminded all classes that both these projects had to be finished by this
Friday. >>

I know how you feel. Unfinished work is something that upsets me too. I
give the students the example of an unfinished writing assignment in English
with but one paragraph or two. Or finishing 6 out of 10 math problems. I
teach high school so I think that grades have to be compared to the same
effort the students give to other classes. At the school where I teach there
are many students who do not see the value of doing their best and are happy
just to pass.

About two weeks before the end of the marking period I call each student up
to my desk as they are working and show them their grades. If a student is
not passing I tell them that and explain how they can finish their work to
pass. If a student has c's and b's, I explain how they can get a B. If a
student has b's and a's, I explain how they can get an A. If the grade is
what they deserve for finished work, then I compliment them and tell them
they did a great job. I think that when they see that they got a high grade
in one project, they realize that I am a fair marker and it motivates them to

There are some students who hardly pass any of their courses and may not pass
yours. It's just how it goes.
Good luck, Eileen