Reflection: Organizational Systems Solids: Expansion Joint Project (Days 2-3) - Section 2: Students Pick Location and Create Project


Organizational systems are invaluable in making our jobs easier.  Paperless class assignments create new challenges not faced with hard copies of student work.  Additionally, finding student work is more challenging, if your folders/drive are not organized well.  I faced a similar problem while using Google Drive to organize student work.  More specifically, I was having difficulty finding student work when I needed it and remembering which assignments I had graded.

To solve the first problem of finding student work quickly, I now have students use the web camera on our Chromebooks to take a 'Selfie' with their partner(s).  The picture and everyone's names is the placed on the cover sheet of their assignment that is being submitted via Google Docs.  This allows me to look through their class folder and visually identify each groups assignment.  I have saved a lot of time doing this.

It also helps if you require students to follow a universal format for naming their work.  I use this format: Period ___ , First name & Last initial of all group members and the title of the activity.

Note: some teachers use Goobric to solve this challenge.

To address the issue of identifying if an assignment has been graded while looking at My Drive, I now paste a grading rubric into the cover page of the document, so that I all I have to do is open a folder and look to see which assignments don't have a rubric.  If it lacks a rubric I still have to grade the assignment and enter the grade into my grade book.  As I grade the assignment, I simply highlight the correct portion of each category on the rubric and hit bold.  This replaces circling the categories on a paper rubric.  I can then type comments below the rubric.  

The combination of finding the correct assignment using 'Selfies' and inserting a rubric into the assignment to expedite student feedback and identify work that it graded makes the grading process less stressful.  

  Including Rubrics in Student Google Docs
  Organizational Systems: Including Rubrics in Student Google Docs
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Solids: Expansion Joint Project (Days 2-3)

Unit 3: Matter
Lesson 5 of 8

Objective: SWBAT apply their knowledge of molecular motion to model the importance of expansion joints in various objects.

Big Idea: Telling kids about expansion joints is boring, but having them investigate where expansion joints are located and how they work makes learning meaningful.

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Science, solids, mass, matter, molecule
  45 minutes
expansion joint
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