Grading has to be lowest on my list of things I love about teaching but I have found a way to document student progress in an easy, authentic way.
I have created journal sheets that can easily be photocopied and inserted into a 3-ring binder or bound with plastic combs. As grading periods come and go you can add to or reorganize your journal so that reporting out suits your teaching/personal style.
Writing comments in report cards is a cinch when you reference the notes you've taken. Justification behind grades is documented so your over-filled teacher brain doesn't have to recall every detail of every critique that you gave each and every one of your students for every assignment........get it? Ahhh -feel your mind give a sigh of relief.
In addition, I have created space at the top of each sheet to circle whether the student has a 504 or IEP and the accommodations needed. It's a great tool that reminds me to focus on each individual student and their progress.
I have also included a cover page that displays time-saving codes, complete with empty lines to insert your own. I have adapted the codes through trial and error and have found the included codes to be the ones I use the most. At the bottom of this sheet there is space to record grading periods and report card deadlines.
You will also receive a document that can be printed for the cover of your journal. Write the subject area, period number, location or teacher name on the lines provided. You could have a journal for each content area or each class that you teach!
After struggling with finding a grading system that works for me, I have finally created one that suits my style and is a wonderful resource to use with my students.
***If you purchase this kit, I can potentially send you a google doc of the journal sheet and cover page with codes. That way, you can personalize both.