grade, grading 1. a
degree or step in a scale, as of rank, advancement, quality, value,
or intensity: the best grade of paper. 2. a class of persons
or things of the same relative rank, quality, etc. 7. a
letter, number, or other symbol indication the relative quality of a
student's work in a course, examination, or special assignment; mark
(Webster's, p. 827).
placement, ranging, pigeonholing, sorting, grouping; grading,
stratification, ranking, rating; division, subdivision; cataloging,
codification, tabulation, indexing, filing; taxonomy, typology;
analysis arrangement (Chapman, p. 35).
SDJA high school humanities embraces
the notions that people who understand how they think and work, and
people who are allowed to function within an environment that
nurtures learning and
growth, learn more and
continue learning for a longer period of time.
People learn because they want
to learn, not because they are going to be rewarded or
SDJA high school humanities is based upon the concept of
integrity through the guided
use of intrinsic
Quite simply, SDJA high school
humanities is based on the student taking responsibility for their
own education. The teachers
work as coaches, mentors, guides, and resources.
Consequently, grading is based on a combination of traditional
assessment tools and measures as well as:
- creating appropriate goals, focus, or topic
- collecting and ordering information that
fulfills goals; using time
- presenting that information with clarity,
grace; revision and editing are apparent.
- taking risks and showing initiative.
- participating, voluntarily and when called on,
in collaborative projects and activities (class discussions,
response groups, peer editing, readings, email responses).
- clearly reflecting on your learning using
metacognitive tools such as asking questions, problem-solving,
adjusting your time management, record-keeping, note-taking, or
organization to be successful as a learner.
- turning in all required assignments: (you must
have completed ALL assignments to earn an "A" in course)
- completing assignments with care, quality, and
- earning points based on total from all
assignments throughout the grading period
Students and teachers collaborate
to create and use rubrics for projects, grading periods, and
portfolios. Rubrics clearly articulate criteria so that a common
ground exists for students and teachers. Student/teacher conferences
and student reflections also play an important role in the grading
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