Below you will find an in-depth run-down of the grades I take in my class. Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments or concerns.
A: 90 - 100
B: 80 - 89
C: 70 - 79
D: 60 - 69
F: 50 - 59
Titles that are highlighted in yellow are grades that are weighted double in my grade book.
1. Classwork grades: Since the EL Education curriculum is not homework heavy but rather is very classwork/discussion heavy, I
take a lot of classwork grades. If a student follows all directions, participates in classroom activities and discussions, and tries their very best, they will receive a 100 on classwork assignments. If a student does not receive a 100 on a classwork assignment, they either did not finish it (in which case they will receive partial credit based on how complete the assignment was) or they will receive a 0 for not completing it at all.
1a. Lost Papers: If a student loses a paper that they received in class, they must "pay" the paper replacement fee of 5 Class Dojo points. This promotes student responsibility, holds them accountable for their belongings and allows me to keep track of students who lose papers frequently.
2. Homework Grades: I often do not have many homework grades due to the nature of the EL Education curriculum, however, students should turn in homework that is assigned completed and on time. Homework will not be taken as a participation grade like classwork, it will be graded for correctness/completeness.
2a. Late Work:
When an assignment is given, it has a specific due date. If a student
turns an assignment in late, it is 10 points off for every day it is
late. If an assignment is turned in more than 5 days late, the student
automatically receives a 50 (F) for that assignment. If the assignment is never turned in, the student will receive a 0 for the assignment.
3. Tests and Assessments:
Since I give a participation grade for fully following directions and
trying during class, tests and assessments are graded more harshly. By
the time we reach a test, we should have all the tools we need to make
an A, so if a student does not do this, their grade will be affected. I understand, however, that one bad test grade is not a fully accurate example of a
student's ability, so it is offset slightly by the classwork. Often, I give students the ability to use their book, articles, notes, or other materials on the test so they can be well-equipped to succeed. I will let them know ahead of time when those instances are.
4. Discussion/Participation Grade:
Students are graded also on their participation in classroom
discussions. We have whole group, small group and partner discussions
every day (several times per class period). If your child is
participating in all of these effectively and consistently, they will receive a 100. If they received a lower grade, there may be an area
that they are not participating in. Also, if a student is frequently
distracting, not doing their work, talking, or disrupting class in some
way their discussion/participation grade will suffer.
5. Projects: Students will have several opportunities to complete projects that demonstrate their knowledge of language arts in a creative way. Students will be given a rubric for the project when I assign it and we will go over what I expect before we start. To receive a 100 on a project, a student must do everything on the rubric for that specific project. Projects are weighted heavier in my grade book. Due dates will also be given out when a project is assigned.
6. Missing Work: Often when progress reports/report cards go out, students want to begin turning in work that they are missing. I allow 1 grace period for this at the beginning of the year, but after that, no missing work will be accepted after progress reports/report cards go out. Students should take the initiative to get late work in on their own and accept the grades they receive that are given in accordance to the late work policy (2a).