I have the best job in the world, as mommy. But the next best job to have is definitely teaching. I hope to use this blog to not only share what I am doing in my class but keep myself a journal of what I do. Teaching is a tough job and we have to toot our own horns once in a while.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Writing in First Grade--- updated with correct documents
Our first grade team has talked ad nauseum about how to hold our writers accountable an how to grade their writing. We have a scale on our report cards of a 1, 2, 3, or 4. 1 being the student is not performing at grade level and 4 being they have mastered a objective and could even teach it themselves. So with writing, each teacher grades differently. We looked at writing objectives for each quarter and decided to make a rubric that was "kid friendly". I have this outline from a coworker at another school (Thank you Andrea!!). She made this for her graduate program and it was Kindergarten objectives so my team just adapted it for first. I keep a copy for each student in my pensieve notebook, so when I conference with each child, we can talk about this rubric together. Before we determine a final grade we usually like to see a student master an objective three different times. The rubric has a spot under each description for check marks. I usually put a date in each little box and maybe an example of what I saw just in case my memory fails me.