To give students feedback on homework and quizzes, I am using a color coded system. The colors are: green=understanding of the standard, yellow=partial or developing understanding, and red=minimal understanding.
The way I translate this to points is I look at how much of each color is present for each standard. If a student has most, if not all, green they receive a 10. Green with a little yellow gets a 9 or 8. Mostly yellow with some red is a 7. Mostly red with a little yellow is a 6. Finally, all red would be a 5.
10

98

7

6

5

Demonstrates thorough understanding of the standard

Demonstrates understanding of the standard

Demonstrates a developing understanding of the standard

Demonstrates a partial understanding of the standard

Demonstrates minimal understanding of the standard

I've even gotten to the point that my students grade their own homework using the colors! I have this poster hanging in my room to remind them:
Here is how a quiz might look using the color system. Notice, there are no "point values" for each problem. Each question is simply marked with a color indicating the level of understanding. Students don't even ask me "what did I get on this quiz" anymore. They understand that each quiz might have multiple standards on it and each one is assessed individually.
I like this. This would be good with one of those clicker pens that has multiple colors on it.
ReplyDeleteI actually open three markers and hold them all at once... then I mark the papers "ninja style!" :)
DeleteWhat type of mistakes count for yellow versus red?
ReplyDeleteHi Dee,
DeleteI kind of depends on the particular standard/problem. But generally speaking, yellow is how I show that the student has some understanding (partial understanding) but has a misconception or mistake in their thinking.