Steve Peha's 3P Grading Method, from the Teaching That Makes Sense website, transformed how I grade students and how they perceive their grades in my speech classes this past year.
Among the many tasks I perform as an English and speech teacher, grading is my least favorite. Whether I'm tackling a pile of essays, exit tickets, or a daily assignment, I often find myself looking for ways to grade tomorrow what I should grade today.
Even worse, teachers often find themselves on the defensive as students, parents, and administrators confront them about the grades recorded in the grade book.
How many of us have found ourselves in similar situations in which we're asked to base a grade on things other than the academic standards and curriculum for our subject?
The 3P Grading Method literally took the grading monkey off my back and transferred much of the responsibility for assessing students to the students themselves in terms of their participation, progress, and performance.
Rather than the onus for grading falling solely on the teacher's shoulders, the 3P method requires students to share equally the responsibility for grading based on three criteria: participation, progress, and performance.
- Participation = 50% of the student's grade.
- Progress = 30% of the student's grade.
- Performance = 20% of the student's grade.
- Follow directions the first time they are given.
- Come to class every day; don't be late!
- Share regularly. Give good feedback. Ask good questions.
- Take ownership of your results; be accountable; don’t blame.
- Ask for help when you need it; use the advice I give you.
- Improving participation (edited at 6:16 p.m. June 7, 2011)
- Improving performance.
- Setting and meeting goals.
- A = above and beyond
- B = basically fine
- C = could've done better
- D = didn't try
- E = excuses, excuses
- F = forget about it