So, how do you arrive at a grade for a project or assignment that isn’t a cut and dry quantitative calculation? If you follow these 4 steps, it will speed up your grading process and give you overall consistency in how you arrive at a final grade.
Step One: ‘Set Standards’
Determine if you are going to base the marks on your level of experience or on your students level of experience. Remember, they don’t have your experience, know-how, and wisdom yet; that’s why they’re in your class.
Step Two: ‘Define’
Determine the ‘meaning’ of each letter grade (What you should be ‘thinking’ is in brackets):
A’s = Outstanding (“Great!”)
B’s = Consistently thorough (“Very good.”)
C’s = Satisfactory (“Good/Pretty good.”)
D’s = Minimal effort (“This is a desperate attempt!”)
F= below minimal expectations (“Really…you’ve got to be kidding?”)
Step Three: ‘Skim and Scan’
Scan all the assignments or projects, and based on your professional judgment, initially place them in 5 separate piles based on the letter grade categories above. I actually will print out individual 8.5” by 11” sheets of paper with each letter to create the piles where they will go. [Read more...]