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The best way for me to grade is to assign them points throughout the year. That way I don't have to make everything out of 100 points, and I don't have to worry about things coming out in an even way. I just add up their points and over 90% gets an A, etc. By assigning pints to everything, the most important will have higher weights, for example, our weekly quizzes are worth 30-55 points and our monthly essays are worth 450 points, since writing will always have higher values than other types of assignments.
A combination of HW, class participation, quizzes and tests. Each section is weighted differently but otherwise just an ongoing point total with percentages calculated at the end. I use excel to keep track of it all and it is quite simple. Students get constant feedback so they won't be surprised at the end of the quarter by their grades.
I grade my students in 4 categories: text based open responses, long compositions, homework and classwork, and tests and quizzes. In each category, students can re-do any and all assignments that are formative to help them learn concepts/standards. If they perform better, I replace their grades. Also, I use standards based grading - so if students are advanced, they receive an A, proficient is B, needs improvement is C, and warning is D.
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