Many of you have contacted me about your student's grades. With 210 students it might be easier to try to answer your questions with one blog post. Keep in mind this is only a progress report. It is not their final grade. First, let me explain my grading methods. I review each project individually with students and give them direct feedback about any areas that need to be corrected. Once they make the corrections, and I have a chance to re-grade it, I adjust their grade accordingly.
There are no extra credit assignments to help raise grades. Instead, students are expected to use the feedback I provide to complete their projects and improve their grades that way.
Students are also required to show their grades and agenda to their parents on a weekly basis and obtain a signature. This is checked once per week on Tuesday or Wednesday (depending on their lab schedule) and cannot be made up if it was not done. Students are occasionally required to take a quiz. All quizzes have practice quizzes available for students to take before taking the graded quiz. They are advised to review the practice quizzes and only take the graded quiz when they are ready. They are also allowed to use any notes that they have taken during the quiz. Because of these advantages, I do not allow retakes for poor scores.
Further information about grading and assignment policies can be found on the homepage of my website at http://kimbleycomputech.weebly.com Guidelines, instructions, and tutorials for all projects can be found on the classroom website under Curriculum.
The computer labs here at school are open before school, during lunch and break, and after school. I am in room 74 every day at break and lunch to assist students. Computer help is also available after school on Mondays and Tuesdays in room 76, as well as Wednesdays and Thursdays in room 74.
Hopefully this will address most of your questions. If not, then please feel free to email me at email@example.com or give me a call.