Reflection: Grade Book and Data Analysis Writers Ablaze: Final Copy and Beyond - Section 3: Putting Out the Fire: Finish and Wrap Up


In going through Formative Assessment training, one of the things that stuck with me was that grades should not necessarily be averaged.  We use standards based grades and what the trainer said was that teachers should look at progress over time.  Since my training was in the summer, I didn't have a chance to practice that until the next year.  I set my grade book up per subject and so that each student has their own page within that subject.  On each student's page, I have the standards set up within a table leaving the first column blank so that I can write the assignment.  As they turn in an assignment in that standard, I can grade it and record it.  Different children may have different assignments turned in and that's OK.  That's how I can grade these choice board activities even if not everyone turns them in.

Additionally, being in a large urban district, we have a high mobility rate so it cuts down on worrying when a kiddo came into the building.  If they have grades for a standard, I can look down the column and judge their progress.  The same thing goes for some of my students with attendance issues.

Yes it means I have to write the assignment name 27 or 30 times but it allows me to grade each student against themselves and at conference time, I can just pull that page out and easily show parents by going down the column that yes their kiddo is consistent and growing or no, their kiddo needs some extra support in this particular standard.  

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Writers Ablaze: Final Copy and Beyond

Unit 3: Firestorm!
Lesson 6 of 6

Objective: SWBAT use input from peers to create a complete, error free piece of writing to convey their opinion.

Big Idea: Editing one's work is essential to success at any level.

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Social Studies, English / Language Arts, Writing Process, opinion writing, choice board, firestorm, Jean Craighead George, reading choice board, tic tac toe, writing
  65 minutes
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