Tryon's Old School Gradebook
A teacher's gradebook is a legal document that is a record of what goes on in the classroom. It is necessary to ensure its integrity. There are two ways of doing this:
- Keep a written/printed copy of all of your grades,with an electronic copy as a backup can be your electronic copy.
- Keep all of your grades electronically with no written/printed copy, but with ‘bomb-proof’ backups.
I have expanded on this with further discussion.
I, personally, have always kept a hand-written gradebook.
- I have found that recording a stack of grades into it is remarkably efficient, being able to move up and down the column quickly.
- By having my attendance and grades on the same page, it is easy to see patterns with students developing.
- By using a number pad, the actual data entry into the gradebook takes only a few minutes.
- It is much more difficult to enter a 'typo' while writing a grade in a gradebook than it is when you are typing them into a computer.
- I print out the names and paste them into the gradebook from ASD Student Extracts because I don't like to type things twice.
- I print out quarter and semester grades and tape them into the gradebook because I don't like to type things twice.
- I have a bound master book that documents what has gone on in my classroom..
Picture of one page of Tryon's Old School Gradebook. Please contact me for further instructions on setting up and using a gradebook such as this.
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