Hello! Truthfully, the "Lab Group Score Card" is the product of my desperation. On average, per year, I have between 100 to 120 students total. That means the same amount of journals to grade.
When I first started teaching... and for a few years that followed... I would grade EVERY single journal at the end of EVERY grading period. I would work and work and work and it just seemed neverending.
I give grades for doing daily activities that students do in their journals... and those are usually quick and easy to grade. Usually, I can check/grade these by seeing the open activity from students' desks.
However, the labs? That's what was killing me. Every year, I tried some new way to make grading journals easier. This last year I tried something new. I told students, "You will get into lab groups. You will work together and you will complete the lab as a group. How will it be graded? I am only going to grade one student's journal from your group. Whose journal that is will be random." I'd have students put their names on a post-it note and at the end of the day, I'd randomly pick a journal from that group and grade accordingly.
Soon, students realized that everyone in their group better do what they were supposed to be doing or the entire group would end up getting a low grade because of the one slacking off.
I went from grading 100+ journals to about 30 journals. Students who were clearly not participating in the lab and not contributing would be excluded from this grading method and I would grade their journals separately.
Some may question or doubt the effectiveness of this method, but I have seen positive results. For this new school year, instead of using post-it notes, I have created the Lab Group Score Card. The students fill out this card and turn it in at the end of the lab. The journal that I end up grading will have this stapled onto the page of the lab.
Anyways, you tell me what you think. Try it out - I hope it works for you!
Directions: Print as a two-sided document and cut ouf the cards using the dashed lines.