I have gone back and forth on the issue of grading participation/effort/classwork or whatever you want to call it. Some people in my school want this to count as 60% of a student's grade while in true Standards Based Grading it would be 0%. I believe that my job description encompasses much more than teaching students the characteristics of a circumcenter; I also aim to develop effective thinkers, collaborators and workers. We also have school wide rubrics we are supposed to use, so I picked 8 of those categories to use for a bi-weekly classwork grade (which is 15% of their final grade). The "participate" and "disrupt" columns correspond to those categories. By the end of two weeks I have all the information I need in a single row to check their self assessments on the classwork rubric (I wrote a bit about this way back when, I'd like to expand on how I use journals eventually).
Finally, any assignment I collect gets a column. It's so much easier for me to write grades down on paper and then do a data entry session than it is to manage grading and inputting all at once.
So, here's what it looks like. Rather messy by the end and this one doesn't even have any random notes on the bottom! Most weeks I don't gain/lose so many students but this was the beginning of a new semester.
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