I am lucky to work in a
district that believes in using rubrics and standards based reporting.  We
are given a pacing calendar of everything that must be taught in a quarter.
 However, not everything has to be formally reported on the report card.  In grades k-3 we score
on scale of 1 (limited progress), 2 ( making some progress) or a 3 (mastery).
 Teachers are given a rubric that describes exactly (for the most part)
what is a 3 in each area.  For example, exactly what is a 3 in addition and subtraction.  It is a blessing.
I have taken the rubric
and turned it into a Daily Math Page (creative name, I know!!).  I look at
the rubric and divided a page into the same amount of text boxes.  Each
text box is an area on the report card.  Students get a packet for the
week and complete one page each independent period (usually 3-4 times per
week). The last page of the packet is a copy of the report card rubric.  I
grade each text box with a  1,2, or 3 (since each text box is a different
area in math) and then score the rubric at the end.  
Here is an example of the page:
While I do record the
grades to show progress I will NOT average the scores together  for the
report card at the end of the nine weeks.  Our district believes (as I do)
in reporting what the child is able to do at the END of the grading period
rather than averaging scores.  Averaging scores punishes the
child that might take a bit longer to master a skill  but still mastered
it at the end of the grading period.  I am recording more to note if
students do or do not retain skills.  THAT is always enlightening!
Granted, I have only
done this system for a week but I already love it!  It shows VERY clearly
for parents the child’s weaknesses in math- more so than random worksheets with
each worksheet being a different topic.  Parents can really see the big
picture.  
I will say that many of
the skills we teach are recycled so it is easy to do this.  Whatcha think?
About ready to get your shop on???  Tons of great deals Monday and Tuesday!!!

Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website (www.mandygregory.com) and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.

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