Sunday, September 22, 2013

Clarifications on Blog Post Grading - PLEASE READ

A few notes on Blog Post Grading, since the first unit (E) has ended and any missing assignments have been marked as "Zeroes".  (Please don't say I didn't warn you, since I told you this would be occurring this weekend...)
  • Students are given deadlines for turning in blog posts to the GoogleForm, as well as deadlines for the grading.  Late submissions are still accepted for full credit; the deadlines are in place to guide students and keep them on track so they do not get stressed and overwhelmed with too much to do at the end of a chapter.  Under certain circumstances there will be consequences for late work (i.e. homework cards), but no grade penalty.  There will never be consequences given for a student whose partner hasn't done their part.  (This doesn't mean they don't have to complete the assignment, it means they need to talk to Mrs. Kirch about getting a new partner!)
  • Scores are input about every other day as I receive the peer grading worksheets.  The peer grading is the initial evaluation.  Once I receive them, I go through them myself to agree with or change the peer-given score.  Students also receive a score for their work in solving the problem and evaluating the partner's work in writing.  Scores are NOT input in the gradebook until (1) I receive the peer grading sheet and (2) I go through the peer grading sheet myself.  If a peer grading sheet is not submitted, a student will not have a score for the blog post even if they have turned in their link to the Google Form.  The peer grading sheet is the document that allows Mrs. Kirch to do the actual grading.  The submission on the GoogleForm is so Mrs. Kirch has easy access to all the posts for the future.
  • At the end of the chapter, I give students a "final deadline" before I mark any missing assignments as zeroes.  Assignments can still be graded and submitted after that point, but until that is done the grade shows up as a 0%.  The "final deadline" is usually a Friday afternoon at 4pm, so I can have the weekend to finish going through all of the submissions and fully update the gradebook.
  • Students are responsible for making sure their grading partner for that unit has evaluated their work.  If they are concerned about this not getting done, they have been instructed to contact me via email with a request to do the initial grading for their blog post.  It is nice to include the direct link to the blog post that needs to be graded as well.  This emailing should occur on the evening of the Unit Test if their partner has yet to submit the grading, as that is 1-3 days before the "final deadline" occurs.
  • Students are also responsible for grading their partner's blog post.  If their partner is not meeting the deadlines and the students do not want to wait for them any longer, they can request a new partner from Mrs. Kirch.  This request should happen no later than the day of the Unit Test, so the grading can occur before the "final deadline" passes.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, as a friendly reminder:

It is the STUDENT'S responsibility to complete the blog posts on time
It is the STUDENT'S responsibility to complete the peer grading on time
It is the STUDENT'S responsibility to make sure their partner has done the peer grading
It is the STUDENT'S responsibility to make sure the grades in AERIES are accurate
It is the STUDENT'S responsibility to ask Mrs. Kirch to do the initial grading of their blog post if their partner hasn't
It is the STUDENT'S responsibility to ask Mrs. Kirch for a new partner in class if their partner is not posting their work on time.

I am here to support your learning and success in this course.  I have seen some absolutely excellent work thus far this year.  Please make sure you are taking responsibility for yourself.  It will cause you much less stress in the future :)

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