Reading Tactics for Tackling the Grading Dilemma was a great eye opening experience for myself when thinking about grading plans for my future classroom. I had not put much thought into how I plan to grade. I both agree and disagree with some of the points made in the article, however I am sure that my opinions will most likely change with experience.
Here are the four ideas he discussed along with my opinions:
1. Peer and Self -- Assessments:
Even before reading this article I have felt the peer and self assessments are a fantastic tool for the classroom regardless of the age. Like the article points out it serves as a great learning lesson for students not only to be impartial, but for the fact that they must know the material in order to grade it. I will definitely use this in my classroom.
2. The One-in-Four Rule:
This is the first time I had heard of the one-in-four rule. When I first read about this I didn't necessarily agree with it, but the more I think about it I can see how it would be a useful mindset when things get busy. The part I do not agree about is letting assignments go completely ungraded or not looked at. I think this is a great place that self and peer assessments can come in. That way one out of four are looked at by the teacher and the other three are just quickly assessed by either their peers or themselves.
3. The Stamping Method:
I think this is a fantastic method for quick visual feedback. Especially for younger students where stamps or stickers can act as a form of motivation. I will definitely be implementing this method in my classroom as I plan to teach at a primary level. Even the author of the article said this was effective at the high school level!
4. Student Journals:
This form of portfolio assessment is grade for subject specific assignments. Using journals for math or science are a great way to keep notes and learning assignments in one place not only for students to reference but also for ease of grading. I think using science journals is also a great way for project based learning. Many science professionals use journals to keep track of data from experiments and other things so by having student model their journals after a real-world application adds another dimension to their learning.
I appreciate that I have had the opportunity to reflect of the types of grading, but like I said earlier, I am sure my feeling and approach will change with experience as it should. As evolution of processes are key to education.