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Classroom Philosophy (Grading)

Classroom Philosophy and Grading:

For Computer Classes Grading: 

At middle school level my classes are what we call an exploratory class. All of my classes as an exploratory class will be a “NO” fail class. I only ask that students are always trying to work at the best of their abilities. All though your student can not fail my class, a lack of effort or trying can result in a “NG” No Grade in my class. I reserve this for students that after many communications and tries to get them to participate in the class, that they do not give work effort.

 

Also, almost all classes as they progress during a school year are eligible for grade changes to previous quarters as they finish the class in a following quarter that is in the same year.

 

Introduction to Programming Grading

 

Lowest possible grade in this class is a "C-" this is for a student that does not finish Tynker & Code.org express Lessons

Finishing Tynker 300 and Code.org express over the whole term Lowest possible grade is "B"

Doing Aquarium project in scratch and turning it in Lowest possible grade for the whole term is "A-"

Doing Frogga project in scratch Lowest possible grade is an "A" for class.

 

Getting an "A-" or higher if taking programming again student will have their choice to move to either intermediate computer programming or HTML/CSS (unless already done previously)

 

Getting a "C- to B+" I will have student pick up where they left off in intro to programming for next programming class. This is where when they complete class and I will grade replace previous quarter in the same year for the “A”. Then as with the “A” option they can make a choice for finishing the term in either intermediate computer programming or HTML/CSS (unless already done previously).

 

HTML/CSS

 

Lowest possible grade in this class is a "C-" this is for a student that does do some of the code.org lesson or even all of them but does not do a Final website project.

 

Doing all of the code.org lessons and the website project will give a student a final grade from “C to A” depending on how well they meet the rubric requirements on the website project which is 30% of grade.

 

From this class a student will either go into introduction to programming (if not already taken) or move onto Intermediate programming depending on their situation with Introduction to programming and completion of it from when taken before

 

Intermediate Programming

 

Lowest possible grade in this class is a “B” the grade of a “B” is for students that were not able to complete the benchmarks and course in the term. As with any of my computer programming classes they will just pick up where they left off in the next quarter, upon completion of the class I will grade replace previous quarter in the same year for the “A”. Then the student will progress to the next class in the series Introduction to JavaScript

 

Introduction to JavaScript

 

Lowest possible grade in this class is a “B” the grade of a “B” is for students that were not able to complete the benchmarks and course in the term. As with any of my computer programming classes they will just pick up where they left off in the next quarter, upon completion of the class I will grade replace previous quarter in the same year for the “A”. Then the student will progress to the next class in the series JavaScript Projects

 

JavaScript Projects

 

Lowest possible grade in this class is a “B” the grade of a “B” is for students that were not able to complete the benchmarks and course in the term. As with any of my computer programming classes they will just pick up where they left off in the next quarter, upon completion of the class I will grade replace previous quarter in the same year for the “A”. Then the student will progress to the next class in the series Introduction to Python

 

Introduction to Python

 

Lowest possible grade in this class is a “B” the grade of a “B” is for students that were not able to complete the benchmarks and course in the term. As with any of my computer programming classes they will just pick up where they left off in the next quarter, upon completion of the class I will grade replace previous quarter in the same year for the “A”. Then the student will progress to the next class in the series Python projects

 

Python projects

 

Lowest possible grade in this class is a “B” the grade of a “B” is for students that were not able to complete the benchmarks and course in the term. As with any of my computer programming classes they will just pick up where they left off in the next quarter, upon completion of the class I will grade replace previous quarter in the same year for the “A”. Then the student will progress to the next class in the series Intermediate Python

 

Intermediate Python

 

Lowest possible grade in this class is a “B” the grade of a “B” is for students that were not able to complete the benchmarks and course in the term. As with any of my computer programming classes they will just pick up where they left off in the next quarter, upon completion of the class I will grade replace previous quarter in the same year for the “A”. This being the last class in my programming series I will have alternate programming opportunities for the student to work on their skills in the remainder of the quarter

 

I believe in what I call the 3 “R’s” for my Philosophy

 
Respect -
Respect towards others and SCHOOL PROPERTY in this classroom. Being kind and considerate to the other students and your teacher is the norm. Paying attention during instruction is important and beneficial (not following directions can result in a host of issues from lowering of your grade to possible discipline). Different than other classrooms, we are part of the Library, the library norms also apply in here per respect for others.

(keeping the noise low at all times)

(no sitting on counter tops)

(cleaning up after yourself)

(miss use of equipment can get you banned and flunked from the class and the use of all technology in the school) – Your account can be suspended by the IT department

Disorderly conduct detracts from the learning environment and will be dealt with accordingly.

(Also remember this is one of only 2 classrooms that have cameras on at all times).

The administration (Mr. Holm is always watching)

Responsibility -

Students must bring the required materials to class each day. These are any specific class requirements or needs you may have.

Possibly head phones for the computer.

Materials you do not have in this class

Cell Phones
Food
Drink of any kind (if you need water there is a fountain at the back of the Library)
 
(Students will not be allowed to go get materials after the bell). Positive class participation includes working or studying the ENTIRE CLASS PERIOD. Putting equipment away or logging off the computer early has consequences to your grade. You are to leave computer and desk areas neat and orderly.
(PUSH IN YOUR CHAIRS !!!)
Role Modeling -
Students are expected to set the bar for their fellow classmates and be collaborative leaders in the classroom (this means if some one needs help, help them if you can.) This responsibility carries out to the rest of the school in leading by example.