May 28, 2003
I teach just over 500 elementary art students. We are required to give only an effort grade for art, music and P.E. I log my daily grades by using my own letter codes (OT for Off Task, FD for Not Following Directions, NH for Note Sent Home, LE for Little Effort, + for Exemplary Work/Effort, SC for Self-Control Problems etc.) During or after the class leaves, I jot my notations in the attendance block beside their names under the date. If there is nothing outstanding, I leave it blank for that day. I then use these daily notations to conduct parent conferences and give/justify my grades at the end of the grading period. I can show the student, parent, or administrator when and what the child is doing. I used to just indicate a plus or minus beside the children's names, but found this coded system was more helpful when I was questioned about a grade.