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  1. E Bunni 99

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    I hope everyone is settling in at school! This is a hetic time of year I know. I sometimes wonder if I will get it all done!

    Last year a lot of teachers (myself) included kept a weighted grade book- where the daily grades were worth 1 grade in the grade book, quizzes 2 grades, tests 3 grades. This year though, I am hoping to go to using a Category system adding up to a 100 points- does anyone have any suggestions for me?

    So far I have:

    20% Reading Logs and SSR
    20% Daily Grades
    20% Quizzes
    20% Tests
    20% ???

    Any help would be appreciated! Thanks ahead! :D
     
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    could participation work? or homework? for participation, I have each class define what participation looks like. It works for me.
     
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    I don't give homework other then the reading log. :( Participation could count... do you think I should count if for 20% or another amount? Maybe 10% and daily warm-ups for 10%???
     
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    Test should carry more weight than the other categories and classwork more than homework...you never know who's doing the daily homework afterall.

    Use a computerized gradebook if possible to let the machine do the calculations/
     
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    We have to use a point system and can't use weights/percentages. It really bugs people who are used to another system. I've always used the points, so it's no big deal for me.
     
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    I weight mine differently:

    Reading = 33%
    Writing = 34 %
    Grammar/Vocab = 33%
     
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    I would do something like

    Tests: 40%
    Quizzes: 25%
    Daily Grades: 20%
    SSR/reading logs: 15%

    Mine is:
    tests, projects, papers: 50%
    quizzes: 30%
    homework, classwork: 20%

    Within the categories, I feel free to assign more points to big assignments. 5 vocabulary questions might only be worth 10 points, while a reading log that had to be completed over 2 weeks might be worth 200.
     
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    Mrs. R., I'm interested in your weighted scale. I see the logic behind it; however, how does it work in practice? Meaning, where does it go if there's some activity/grade that incorporates more than one area? (as I'm sure many activities do!) I haven't seen any other scales like that so I'm curious how you've found it to work in the day-to-day activities and grades. Sorry if I'm sort of hijacking this thread!
     
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    Basically, I figure out where I want the score to go. For example, we might write an essay as part of our novel study. Usually that will end up going as a writing score (I have fewer of those because each assignment takes longer to do. They end up having more "weight", but that's okay with me.) However, if I am giving the essay as a TEST over the novel (for example, explaining the theme), then it will count in the reading portion. I look at each assignment that is blurry and decide on a case by case basis. I always tell the kids how it will count in the grade book.
    I categorize this way because I want the three components that make up my LA class to be equal.
     
  11. Ann2006

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    But shouldn't a test grade count for more of the overall average grade than a classwork or homework assignment regardless of the category? I'm just thinking that "weight" might mean something different to you? I really want to understand...was it points you said you use in an earlier post?
     
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    In my district our department (math), sets what homework and tests are worth. In 6th grade homework is 40% and tests are 60%, 7th homework 30% and tests 70%, 8th-high school homework 20% and tests 80%. Not my favorite, but I go with it
     
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    Tests and "big" writing assignments are worth 100 points. Most other things hover in the 15-25 point range. When I said that writing assignments end up having more "weight" I meant that they end up counting more because there are fewer of them in a category that makes up a third of the overall grade versus the many grades in the grammar or reading thirds.

    I know, clear as mud, right?
     
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    I would do something like:

    35% Tests
    25% Quizzes
    20% Daily Grades
    20% Reading Logs

    I use the following system in my english and social studies classes:

    35% Tests
    25% Quizzes
    20% Classwork
    10% Homework
    5% Binder
    5% Journal (Warm-ups)

    I too, assign different amount of points to assignments within each catergory. For example, video questions to a video that took 3 class periods to watch might be worth 50-60 points in classwork, while a key terms assignment may be worth only 10 points in classwork.
     
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    Grading Policy
    Writing projects, Tests and Quizzes = 60%
    Portfolios and In-class work=25%
    Homework=15%
     
  16. JustMe

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    In my sixth grade classes:

    Everything is "worth" 100 points - but weighted differently in the computer system.

    Participation & Behavior (Rubric): 10%
    Bellringers: 10%
    Classwork/Homework: 15%
    Projects: 25%
    Quizzes: 15%
    Tests: 25%
     

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