Concepts in Grading
- More, shorter assignments, quizzes and tests.
- Assignments should not be so long that students loose their motivation
to begin them.
- If a student finishes and assignment quickly they will be more likely
to start another on right away.
- Students lose energy and motivation after working on something for
20 to 30 minutes, if they go get a drink of water will they start again?
- Shorter quizzes don't scare students away from starting them. If you
want to find out how much a student knows, just create more short quizzes.
- Base quizzes on one short section of the resource materials.
- Let students know what parts are important so they know what will
be on the quiz.
- Test questions should be based on quiz questions. Testing on new items
can be frustrating for students.
- Allow two different ways for students to take quizzes and test. Paper
- Grade the tests and quizzes as quicky as you can. Provide students
a schedule for when their work will be graded.
- Send or Post grades as quicky as you can. If you can post all grades
of all students with code numbers students will get a good idea how
they compare with the others in the course.
- Use electronic grading whenever possible.
- Give credit for as much student work as you
- If students are not accountable for everything asked in the assignment
checklists they will start skipping things.
- This is ok if that if it is what you want as an instructor.
- Be careful students don't miss some key information because they are
never tested on it.
- eg. If you never ask quiz questions about picture captions or key
information in the margins of a text, students will start skipping that
- Be careful not to give busy work. Every checklist item should stear
your students toward the objectives you outline in each lesson.
- Give the students the ablity to check their
grade at any time.
- List grades with an identification number on the Internet.
- Students work harder when they feel they can change their grade.
- Students want to know how they are doing compared to other students.
- Create two or three fictious students with horrible grades that way
no real students are at the bottom.
- Give students feedback right away on their first few assignments.
- Post grades on a schedule so students know when to expect the new