August 30, 2006
Even though I enter grades on an electronic spread sheet, I still keep a paper grade book. Each grade category (quizzes, tests, homework, essays, participation) is weighted differently, for a total of 100%. To keep track of categories, I color code my book, using a marker to highlight each column of grades according to category. For instance, all quizzes are highlighted in yellow. I can tell at a glance the category to fill in a makeup grade or help a student understand his/her average, even when a computer is not handy.