Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Catch Up Grading

Another grading technique I use for the notebooks is assigning a "catch up" day (usually a Friday and in conjunction with a quiz). As students are finished their quiz they get their notebook and work on completing the required pages. Then they come to me to get their notebook checked. I have a spread sheet and I mark off that we met and what grade they received. I can do a lot of grading quickly that way. I am usually left with a handful that I still have to get after class to grade but it is less cumbersome. This is a great way to get the coloring done, which is the one thing that tends to get pushed to the side if we are running out of time.

If you periodically grade this way it is important to have something for students to do when they are finished. For forth grade that is can have them make a poster of some topic you have been studying to put up in the classroom, you can let them check out the nonfiction section of your bookshelf and read up on any topic they are interested, you can make word searches or crossword puzzles to work on (if you have taught students how to make them they can go onto the computer and make them on their own). I have even found some science themed coloring sheets online and used that. As long as they are engaged and not bothering other students I am generally happy :)

This is a great way to get stragglers finished with their work.


Caroline said...

Would love to know the website with the science themed color sheets to which you are referring! I attended your workshop in Myrtle Beach and appreciate the extra time you spent with me answering questions! You recomemmended I start 2nd semester...I must admit that I couldn't wait! The week before Thanksgiving break I notified all of my parents to send a composition book, two packs of colored pencils (one for the classroom and one for them to have at home), and a bottle of Elmer's glue. I am allowing my kids to take their notebooks home, but will dock them two points off of their "Notebooking Quiz" each time they don't have it in class. We have been notebooking for four days now and so far, no forgotten notebooks! **knock on wood** Being in a private school, I have much more conscientious parents than I did when I taught in public school, and keep in weekly contact with them that "Notebook Quiz" as an easy quiz grade has them hooked into helping them stay on top of my darlings! Thanks so much for I told you at the conference, you are my new BFF! I am so excited and my headmaster loves this, too!

Eve Heaton said...

Caroline - There isn't any one website with coloring sheets. I usually type in whatever unit we are in and coloring sheets after it in a google search and switch to image view of the search.

It was nice to see you so excited after the conference. I know you will love notebooking. It also helps that your headmaster is supportive. I like that you modified notebooking to fit your set of children and school.

Would love to hear how notebooking is going as you progress through the year, please keep in touch.


Mendy said...

I'm seriously considering making this a weekly event.

Last unit I pulled together enrichment activities from the unit - file folder games, coloring sheets,crosswords, modeling clay, quick computer activities and if the students were finished with their notebooks that what they did.

My goal in January is to make this a regular event, and hope that the enrichment activities will be so appealing that it will help other students focus more on getting their work completed on time.

About how often do you do yours?

Eve Heaton said...

Mendy - I normally do it once every couple (or three) weeks. I like your idea. Normally I do a Friday "If you were paying attention in class" quiz and I could easily combine enrichment activities with that.