Survivor . . . Irving GRADING Vannetta Chapman 1st Floor, English Survivor . . . Irving You survived last year – YIPPEE! You’re a survivor . . . Reasons teachers still don’t want to talk about grading . . . Rick Wormeli “Fair Isn’t Always Equal” How about we trash all that? For 60 minutes . . . Let’s play, Survivor! Close your computers. Stop thinking about how stupid this is, after all you probably heard it last year! Quit worrying about all you have to do. Let’s talk about kids, and learning, and assessing that learning. Let’s discuss what worked and what didn’t. A useful definition . . . A grade represents a clear and accurate indicator of what a student knows and is able to do – mastery. Grades document the progress of students and our teaching. We provide feedback to students and parents We make instructional decisions. ~ Wormeli You might want to forget last year, but . . . On your card write down the name of the teacher you respected the most last year. Let’s take a short walk . . . . . . down memory lane. REVEAL! Let’s take a short walk . . . . . . down memory lane. On your card write down the name of the teacher you Are you crazy? I don’t respected the want to know that. They might even be in this least last year. room. They might be ME! Remember there is a difference . . . So there is a different between demanding, having high expectations, and being fair. Remember there is a difference . . . Anyone have an example (an anonymous example) from last year? Of fair? Of unfair? Remember Irving ISD policy states FAIR is . . . Three fourths ( 75%) of the total six week grade will consist of daily grades. At least two grades and/or evaluations will be given each week. These grades can consist of written assignments, oral assignments, notebooks (which should not count more than a major test grade), compositions, laboratory projects, homework, unit/departmental tests, class participation, independent practice completed in class, special projects, and criterion referenced tests. The daily grades should be an appropriately balanced representation of the work done during the marking period. Six week tests will count one-fourth (25%) of the total six week grade. A six- week test will be an evaluation of material covered during the grading period. What grade ratios did you use last year? YOU! ____ / _____ Did it work? daily test What grade ratios did you use last year? YOU! I used 65 / 35 It worked, for me. daily test To SURVIVE, and avoid Mr. Wall’s office, remember . . . no one grade should count for more than 25% of a student's grade. If your percentages are 65 (daily) / 35 (test) then you must give more than one test. Who gave only one test per six weeks? Anyone want to admit to that? DIFFERENTIATION DIFFERENT-i-a-tion “doing whatever it takes to maximize students’ learning at every turn, including giving them the tools to handle anything that is undifferentiated.” (Rick Wormeli) DIFFERENTIATION Vote me off. Send me This is me, shutting down, home. I’m because I hate words like ready for DIFFERENTIATION. tribal council! Buzzwords make me crazy (er). So let’s substitute some pictures instead. DIFFERENTIATION DIFFERENTIATION •You can not, and should not, grade these students the same. •It’s wrong. •It’s unfair. He’ll help •It’s illegal. you survive. Cumulative Files How many files did you look at last year? Be HONEST! REVEAL! What did you find that surprised you? When was it helpful? When was it a waste of time? Other ideas . . . warm-ups anyone? Combined or singular? Paper or computer? Will probably be required this year. WHAT’S THE POINT? Layered Curriculum Who tried it? How many times? Be HONEST! REVEAL! Layered Curriculum . . . What worked? What didn’t? What will you do differently? More ideas . . . Any One-on-One Grading? Visual Grading? More ideas . . . TYPES OF GRADING How did Blackboard work for you? Let me brag on “my teachers” just a little. English 10th graders went from 64% passing in 2004- 2005 to 93% passing in 2005-2006. I think it’s because, to a large degree, we shared. Especially Blackboard material. Find someone to share with! Modify, extend, and hit the middle. Last year we talked about using all of these. 1. Rubrics 2. Self-Assessment 3. Grade sheets 4. Progress Reports 5. Parents 6. Extra Credit 7. Other teachers/ your vp Your turn! REVEAL – green sheets only!! If you have the yellow sheet, go to someone with a green sheet and ask them about their success! Your turn! Let’s REVERSE! If you have the green sheet, go to someone with a yellow sheet and ask them about their success! Last year we talked about using all of these. 1. Rubrics 2. Self-Assessment 3. Grade sheets 4. Progress Reports 5. Parents I’m certainly going to 6. Extra Credit change some things this 7. Other teachers/ your vp year. . . Parents Howler monkey, aka Chapman We talked about this earlier. How did parental contact, or the lack of parental contact affect your grades? Extra Credit Another picture of me I think I’m going to cut back on this. Although it helped students “buy in” to my class, I want to challenge them more than I did last year. “be very cautious with extra credit and bonus points, using them only to entice students, but never to substitute for or significantly alter a grade.” (Wormeli) Final notes . . . Late work and zeroes If an A is a 90 B is an 80 C is a 70 ___ is a 0? Do you really want to give a student a K-? Just THINK about it . . . “Adjusting zeroes to sixty is not giving students something for having done nothing. It’s adjusting the grading scale so that . . . each grade has an appropriate amount of influence. Marking zeroes as sixties still means the student failed.” Rick Wormeli “Fair Isn’t Always Equal” Final notes . . . Re-do’s Should students get a second chance? Let’s VOTE! REVEAL! Re-do’s . . . If it gets the students back into the material one more time, it might be a good idea. (How can it be bad for them to go over vocabulary one more time?) I still REQUIRED students achieve an 85! I built it into my Adaptive Release lessons. Me! Re-do’s . . . Re-do’s I still didn’t do that “end of six weeks” thing. Take a few points off, but not a whole letter grade. A whole grade lower is punitive, a few points off is instructive. ~Wormeli If you allow re-do’s . . . DON’T average the 2 grades. A 40 averaged with an 80 equals 60. The student manages to double their mastery, but we reward them with a 60? Why bother? Maybe just cap it at an 85. Final notes . . . Re-do’s Reserve the right to change the format of all redone work or assignments. So instead of taking that multiple choice test over and over, I might give a student a 5 question oral or written exam. (I also use pools so the questions will change.) Have parents sign the original work before a student can redo an assignment. Final notes . . . Re-do’s It’s always done at the teacher’s discretion. State this in your introductory letter. (If a student is regularly refusing to do your work, you can refuse to let him redo. A better plan of attack might be to meet with the parents and figure out what is going on.) Final notes . . . Group Grades Please avoid them. They are so unfair, and I hated them personally when I was in school. You can still have group projects, but grade individually. Final notes . . . Homework “Homework is practice, not a demonstration of mastery,” (Wormeli) So weight it accordingly. Final notes . . . Participation PLEASE remember the ESL student is often a SHY student. At least allow an alternative format, such as discussion boards. Final notes . . . Grade cut-off Anyone try cutting their grades off early? Final notes . . . Remember, you are responsible for rating EACH of your students in 5 areas (ES Grades). The key word this year is professionalism, so be professional and keep up with your ES grades. Remember to teach It is not all about the assessment. You’re hired to teach. If you do so in an organized way, the assessment will be much less difficult. If you find yourself grading all the time, step back and re-assess what you’re doing with your class time. P.S. Please email me If you have questions about any handouts, questions, procedures, etc. All errors, omissions, and distortions of reality are my own.
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