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Grade book tips

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Kelly Robinson Kelly Robinson 20 Points

Hello,  As a new teacher this year I've been struggling with a way to set up my grade book in a way that reflects the students' learning. I feel as if I assign points to different projects and tasks just based on how much time they may take. The teachers around me do the same thing and I have not gotten good advice with setting up grading a more meaningful way. Would anyone like to share how they set up their gradebooks? I teach high school science.  thanks! 

Barbara Force Barbara Force 1335 Points

Hi Kelly! My colleague told me about standards-based grading, which he uses to grade student learning. It's absolutely genius. You don't grade individual assignments, but rather, you study student progress toward meeting learning goals. I suggest checking out and getting a good format down. It takes a little more paper than a traditional grade book, and oh boy is it tough to use with some grade book software, but it sounds like you have great intentions and will make great use of it. I like that it accommodates multiple assessment strategies. If one student wants to write an essay and a second student wants to do a hands-on activity to show what they know about the topic, you can grade both students based on their alignment with the standards.

Christine Khuong Christine Khuong 1135 Points

Barbara, this is a GREAT way that you can incorporate differentiated instruction/grading in your grading. I love it! Thanks for the idea. I think that I want to start off the school year with students setting their own goals and me tracking their progress. I don't like to grade students on the same scale when they are not all the same students. This is a great way to give students that have more challenges the confidence/hope that they need.

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