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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

How much is too much and how little is too little?

One thing that I really have to work on is my grades for the students. I’m really not sure how many grades to give them. I mean I have an idea, but I don’t want to give them a bunch of tests or quizzes. I feel like last school year I gave them entirely too many grades. So far this school year I have only two grades in, is that not enough? How many should I have? Any suggestions, comments, or advice? I’m all ears.


Chef Gar said...

I try to have one grade per week. This give my students enough grades to balance out the average without having too few causing their average to fall with one bad grade.

This one a week sometimes is just a grade for their professionalism/ethics. Sometimes this is a quiz or test grade.

There are times when I have more than one but I try to limit those weeks as best as I can.

Sonya Dunbar said...

This is definitely something you have to discuss with your administrator over CTAE. We have a school policy that states that we must post at least two grades per week. There are even specifics to our policy that states how many quizzes, tests, projects, and homework assignments we should have per semester. It is probable in your teacher/student handbook for your school system as well. This was an issue for several teachers at my school last year. Parents were contacting the principal because a few of the teachers had not posted any grades or had not poseted any recent grades. I believe it is one of our standards for the PSC to post grades on a very regular basis as a method of assessment and feedback on student performance. The two grades I post weekly are uniform inspections and current events both using a rubric. I also post quizzes about every two weeks and classwork during the week as well depending on the unit and my lesson plans. Hope this helps.

Sonya Dunbar said...

...sorry for the mispelled words...typing too fast :)

cortney rae said...

At LSHS, the CTAE program has a required number (15) grades per nine weeks. Our administrator met with us last year because there was no consistency throughout our program. Some teachers were giving 20 or more grades and others only had 6 or 7. I felt like 15 grades would be a reasonably attainable goal, however, I am finding it to be a challenge. I meet with my students 2 to 3 times a week but I don't always have a gradable "assignment" for them to turn in. What I am doing to compensate is doing a notebook check to make sure they are keeping up with notes, vocab, etc. or giving them a participation grade for the day's activity. Hope this helps.