Tuesday, April 2, 2013

SBG Part 3 - Students track their own grades!

I haven't posted a grade sheet in my class for the last two years.  Students track their own grades and can calculate their current grade at any time.  Here's how the system works:

As I've mentioned before, I have the students glue my grading policy into their notebooks at the beginning of the year.

On the very next page in their notebook is a calculation page that they can use to help them calculate their current grade.

The first two notebook pages in any unit always consist of:
  • a unit overview page (example) that contains:
    • the essential question for the unit
    • the learning goals for the unit
    • vocabulary from the unit
    • the MN state standards related to the unit
  • a score tracker page (example) that allows students to track their assessment and reassessment scores
To calculate their current grade, the students use the calculation page.  They:
  • add up all the assessment scores in their notebook (using the most current score for any one standard)
  • count how many standards they've been assessed on
  • divide the sum of their assessment scores by the number of standards they've been assessed on
  • This gives them a score that is between 0-4, which they can compare to the grading policy page in their notebook to convert to their letter grade.

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