What is my philosophy of education and grading:
Much of what distinguishes the program at VVS is not what the department “does” so much as the way it “thinks” – it is a matter of attitude. We believe that these points are fundamentals of the VVS model:
- We believe success in math is due much more to hard work than innate talent.
- The secret of getting students to succeed is to keep up the morale. It is our job to inspire the students. Practice is given to help the student become confident in themselves. With practice both in the classroom and outside classroom, students will learn the skills needed to be successful.
- Students will be given time daily to practice in the classroom and be able to receive individual help when needed. Extra help is available in the class along with during study halls or after-school. Student tutors are also available upon request. Students learn not only from the lesson but also by helping each other.
- The process and discipline learned in math transfers to life long learning.
The following list/description details specific types of student assessments that are represented in each of the marking period grades for my class.
- Homework is given on a daily basis. This is a time to practice so homework is given credit for being completed.
- Quizzes are given on a weekly basis. This is a short term assessment to see if students have understanding of what was taught that week.
- Tests are given at the end of a unit. Usually two per marking period. These are larger assessments to check understanding on the entire unit.
- Binder check is done once per marking period. This check is to ensure the student is staying organized. They are graded on having all notes taken each marking period and organization.
- Quarterly tests are given every 10 weeks. This assessment covers learning standards taught during that 10 week period only.
Marking period grades are calculated using the following weightings for each of the specific types of assessments. I have also included the mathematical formula that I use in grade calculations.
Marking period grades are calculated as follows: 70% will be quizzes and tests which includes binder, 20% will be classwork which includes worksheets, problem of the day, and other interactive activities, and 10% will be videos they do as homework.