To make this new Academic Index work, most if not all teachers use computer grading programs. All teachers need do is make sure there are categories for homework, class discussion, students asking questions related to the work, class work, quizzes and tests.
I taught for thirty years and kept track of all of those categories easily. I also fed that information into a computer-grading program. I knew who wasn’t doing homework—the same goes for class work and in many cases no matter how many phone calls I made or how many failure notices I mailed home to the parents, little changed.
For example, if the parent of a failing student came to a parent conference, I could tell them that his or her son did eight of 23 homework assignments and what the average grade earned was. I could do the same for class work, students asking questions, quizzes, tests and for class discussions.
Since most of my tests on literature in the English textbook were open book, it was easy to see who didn’t read the story or study. After all, I handed out study guides before each quiz and test.
For class discussions and questions related to the class work, I carried a clip board with a seating chart where I kept track of who said what by putting a mark next to the name of the student that was involved.
I transferred that information into the computer-grading program and at parent conferences, I could tell parents every facet of their child’s grade.
Students that never asked questions or took part in discussions had no marks next to his or her name for those categories and I could easily tell parents that their child never asked questions or took part in discussions.
In fact, I could tell them how many classroom assignments had been turned in and the grade for every assignment or the average grade.
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