Gradebooks… by Rick Wormeli
So I’m asking some questions in #isd186… Do we count late work? How much is homework part of a grade? Do we average points out of points possible to determine a grade? Is it better if we categorize grades into assessments, homework, projects, etc…? At some point in a career every teacher struggles with the sacred cow – the GRADE BOOK… How do we record points – or better rather – how do we record the level at which a student has demonstrated mastery of a standard in order to communicate those results and use them for instructional planning?
These are thought-provoking questions and not ones that our college courses prepared us well for. So… Here are a few thoughts from respected expert @RickWormeli on grading:
So how do you calculate grades? Does your software get in the way? How can you work around that? Guskey says – if there is one thing he would get rid of it’s using averages. How will you get rid of averages in your grade calculations? How do you define what a grade actually is?