- From : Harper Collins
Hello dear students! Today I'll be telling you all about grading homework.
First up, let me mention that you'll earn house points for grading. But this doesn't mean you can just power through the assignments without reading them, because it's disappointing when you get your grade back and your grade is something lower than you deserve because someone didn't know how to grade!
So, do not fear, for Jada is here!
It's really important that you grade the assignment in English, because everyone on this site knows English. If you graded in your native language, and someone who doesn't know that language reads it, they might think you just told them how to fold clothes! We can't have that, can we?
What's also really important is to focus on the positive sides of the assignment. Did they meet all the requirements? Was their assignment really creative? Tell them about it! Everyone loves compliments. But sadly, we have to bring the negative points to attention as well. You should briefly describe what could have been improved.
There are a lot of things you can NOT take points for. I'll list them:
- writing in a specific tense
- grammatical errors
- number of words
- lack of or too much creativity
- writing style of choice, if the professor said you can write in a style of choice
Remember, some people might be dyslexic or have difficulty writing. In that case, it's really brave of them to submit homework anyway, and we should keep it fun for them, right? We can't do that if we give them low grades!
And if a student writes really unrealistically, for example: a first-year knows spell a third-year hasn't learned yet, or the student plays god, you are to take points for that as it's against the rules.
I really hope all of this is clear, but if you're still not sure on how to grade the assignment, pick a higher grade rather than a lower one. The student shouldn't be discouraged, because it's really quite something to make homework you're not even forced to make!
I will now list the grades that can be given and when you should give them.
If the assignment doesn't meet ANY of the requirements, or if it is offensive, copied, or empty, you have to give this grade. Remember to contact an Assistant Teacher or a Professor if the assignment is either offensive, copied, or empty.
You have to give this grade if the student has made an effort, but only one requirement (or about 25% of the requirements) has been met. You should also give this grade if the student has misunderstood the requirements, thus making their work unrelated to the subject of that week.
If the student has shown a great effort, but it hasn't quite gone as expected, you are to give them this grade. The student will have met only one part of the requirements. If the assignment only has one or two requirements, you will have to evaluate how well they have been met. If the requirement hasn't quite been met, you can give this grade. Remember the proportion: in this case, a student didn't meet 40% or less of the requirements. This doesn't mean you can grade poor if there were five requirements, and the student has met four. The proportion is way higher than and the student should deserve nowhere near this grade!
You have to give the grade "Acceptable" if the assignment was going the right way and it looked decent, but only half (50%) of the requirements have been met.
If the submitted assignment was great and almost all of the requirements have been met, but they also missed their sources (if asked for) and a few other details, you have to give them this grade.
- Exceeds Expectations
If only one requirement hasn't been met, you are to give the student this grade. Remember that if the teacher asked for the sources, and the student has met all of the requirements but didn't list their sources, or wrote in a writing style that wasn't an option, you are to still give them this grade.
This grade has to be given when all of the requirements have been met, so: the writing style, the sources, the things you had to put in your text.
I know some lessons state that realism and creativity will be rewarded, but that can't be rewarded using grades. Do not let this discourage you, people love reading creative assignments when grading!
And do keep in mind that "Exceeds Expecations" doesn't mean that the homework is better than you thought it would be.
Thank you so much for reading this, and I really do hope that a lot of students will get Outstandings! You've all got it in you. I believe in you!
- Jada Nightflame
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