It doesn't have to be a headache!

  • Use rubricsto break down the areas to be graded
    • Rubistar is great to create rubrics and use preset categories and grading levels for ideas - can save there or download as an Excel file for sharing or modification later
    • Breakdown suggestion to avoid too many expectations for students to process. May vary by grade/ability level as a class (usually) or by individuals with specific needs (in specific cases for co-teaching or very special situations). Be careful not to have too many different expectations in a class at once to avoid confusion in grading. See NETS-S skills and the HEAT Scoring Guide:
    • HEAT Scoring Guide
      • Subject area content
      • 1-2 communication/collaboration skills
      • 1-2 personal/individual skills
  • Always use a calendar and stick to it (barring something crazy) AND share it with the students and "force" them to use it every day as they reflect on where they stand and what they still need to do AND share it on your website for parents to see too. (FYI - Google Calendar embeds in many websites.)
  • It is OK and should be expected that students work on parts at home, after school, or during home room/ACP - time management is also an important skill that takes practice - decide what is appropriate for your grade level ahead of time and make students and parents aware of the expectation
  • Students blogging progress and reflectionsas a team or individual is an important skill that helps with time management and progress monitoring
  • Anecdotal evidence: what you hear, what you see, when you are nearby and when you are across the room - also to back up your grading later
    • Simple as a clipboard or notes on an iPad
  • Build in conference timewith teams or individuals. Allow students to share their thoughts and concerns and share with them where they stand so far and the anecdotal evidence that leads you to a spot on the rubric at that point. Get students to reflect on their own progress before sharing where you think they are. Give everyone constructive criticism but also give hope to even the most struggling student for an opportunity to turn things around before it is too late.
    • How could you make this work in your classroom? How could this be built in to classroom activities?


...and the on-line learning styles inventory we used to make the teams for this.

Art Class Critiques - from Katlyn Wolfgang (CYHS) and presenting at Tech.It.U on Voicethread