One of the things to take into consideration when grading a students work is their personality. Some students love the challenge and others can't stand feeling like they are constantly failing. Some see the glass half full and others half empty. Some students find watching you grade their work exciting and others see only doom and gloom as you do so. Take this into account when grading. Do not expose a students grades to others keep it personal. Very few people (and this includes both the adult or student) cope well with being put on the spot unless it's favorable.
Personally I do not write down grades. I am however constantly grading where my student is mentally so that I know what I need to teach, I know where his strengths and weaknesses lie. It's important for us as home educators to be aware of exactly where our students are. I do grade spelling and math as these are two subjects that are not subjective in nature. They are either correct or incorrect.
Pro's to grading
- A grade indicates the level of mastery or the level of information your student has not learned
- It gives you a concrete yard stick of progress
- It can help our student learn more when they know they are being measured.
- It prepares your student for college
- College admissions
- Obtain a scholarships
Cons to grading
- It can become overwhelming if you are grading every single thing your student is doing. You loose the ability to simply be immersed and enjoy the journey with your student.
- You can end up distorting the grade by creating a test around what you have taught.
- You can feel you are 'boxing' your student in.
Yes it is. On a number of occasions the Lord tested kings and even his disciples.
- Jesus asked Phillip to provide bread for the multitude, and in John 6:5 And then in John 6:6 it says “He asked this only to test him, for He already had in mind what He was going to do.”
- God tested Abraham in Genesis 22:1-3
- He used their enemies to test them in Israel Judges 3
- God tested the men for Gideon Judges 7:4
On the www
- Keeping Homeschool Grades from Homeschooling for Dummies
- Grading Guidelines for High School Credit over at HSLDA
- Making the Grade: Why does Grading Matter? by Lesha Myers and Mark Smith over at HSLDA
- Report Card and Grade Records for Homeschoolers over at Donna Young
- How To Grade Your Student’s Work
- My Homeschool Grades
- Homeschool High School - Should I Give My Student Pass/Fail Grades? by Lee Binz
Homeschooling is all about finding the heartbeat of your family and following that pace—not your neighbor’s, not your best homeschooling buddy’s, and not the grade level expectations for your child’s age.- Sarah over at Simple HomeschoolTell me more about your decision to grade or not to grade ?
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