There are four different class types: Academic Graded, Academic Pass/Fail, Elective Graded and Elective Pass/Fail. Academic Classes are classes that would be considered core, required classes in the traditional public school setting. This would include classes like math, Language Arts and Science. Elective classes are classes that would be considered electives or enrichment classes in the traditional public school setting. This would include classes like art, sewing, cooking, etc. All GVHH classes have been given one of these designations prior to open registration. If you are not sure which type of class you are teaching, go to the class description under "Our Classes" to find out.
GVHH is proud to provide high quality, low cost class options to our co-op families. As a parent, you want to know how your child is doing in their classes. You also want to make sure your child is getting a good education. This is why grading and feedback is so important.
It is our goal to have 100% parent participation so that we can provide a Teacher's Assistant for every class. Your Teacher's Assistant's job is to grade and hand back students' papers and enter those grades into the Student Grade Sheets and the Class Grading Sheet. It is your job at the end of the course to fill in the "comments" section on the Student Grades Sheets and rate each student for participation.
Last Day of Class Recommendation
You will be handing out the Student Grade Sheets to your students on the last day of class. You will want your last day of class to have an ungraded activity so that you and your Teacher's Assistant aren't scrambling to grade and add that last assignment in. Documentaries are a great last day of class activity because it gives you and your Teacher's Assistant time to finish up the grades while your students watch.
Graded classes use Individual Grading Form 1A and are graded based on an A-F grading scale shown below:
90-100% = A
80-89.9% = B
70-79.9% = C
60-69.9% = D
Below 60% = F
Each assignment is given a point value, usually based on the number of questions/problems given for the student to answer. For instance, if they have been given a math assignment with 20 problems, it would make sense to give that assignment a value of 20 points. If the student misses 5 questions, their score is 15/20. To find out their percentage for that assignment, you would divide 15 by 20. 0.75 is 75%.
Weighted Grades for Assessments and Projects
You may want some assignments to have a higher impact on the student's grade than others. For example, maybe you want regular assignments to all be worth 10 points but you want tests to be worth 25 points. The easiest way to handle this is to have the number of questions easily translate to that point goal. For instance, an assignment with 5 questions can easily be converted to 10 points by doubling the points earned and points possible. 3 points out of 5 becomes 6 points out of 10.
Classes like Language Arts use Grading Rubrics to break down the score of writing assignments like essays and reports. It is really important to share this information with your students prior to beginning the assignment. This gives them their best chance of success. Here is an example of a grading rubric:
Pass/Fail grading works well for classes like P.E., art and enrichment classes. These are classes where the student's willingness to pay attention, show up, have fun and try is more important than their actual performance. Art classes are a great example of this.
That being said, it is still important to provide feedback to both the student and the parents. There are two types of grading sheets to choose from. Student Grade Form 1B includes a place to list class assignments and their individual pass/fail status. Student Grade Form 1C is a more simplified form that does not list individual assignment grades but focuses only on the student's conduct and participation.
The Class Grading Sheet includes a section for individual assignment grades. This may not apply to classes like P.E. If you are using Student Grade Form 1C, and not tracking individual assignments, you can just leave the assignment grades section on the Class Grading Sheet blank.
your class packet includes all the forms you need for your class. If you need replacement forms, you can find the individual grading sheets here. If you need a replacement Class Grading Sheet, please email Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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