The school that I'm at this year is very workbook oriented. (boring!) I have a number of students that seem to get the concept (in any subject) but when it comes to doing the workbook on their own they can't. I like to work in groups and do more authentic assessment than just grading workbook pages. Do any of you just teach the lesson and complete a workbook page and then what they get on the page is what their grade is or do you always include different types of assessments? I also would like to include in their grade classroom participation because some of the students are done with their workbook page in 10 seconds and then disrupt the rest of the class for the next 30 minutes and some try really hard on the workbook but don't quite get it. I can't see failing a first grader if I feel they are grasping the concept but just don't pull good grades on the worksheet. I don't know if I'm explaining this well enough but hopefully someone out there will know what I'm talking about.