We all can dispute the value of grading and what to grade and how to grade and when to grade. At the end of the day though, most of us take grades and hand out report cards or progress reports on some regular basis. Many schools use some type of online system to track grades, and often parents and students have a way to check their grades. I have used Engrade the last couple years. It is fairly easy to use and students and parents can have access to check grades. I have been reminding students and parents the last few weeks to check student grades and check to see if they have any missing assignments to get turned in since our grading period ends soon. With my students being 7th and 8th graders, I think they are old enough to find out what they missed if they were sick and to remember to turn assignments in when they are done.
I decided to make a form they all are going to have to fill out this week. Despite my reminders, many of my students have not checked their grades and are going to be surprised if their grades are lower than they realized. This time of the year it is easy to have a lot of students with various missing assignments due to cold and flue season. So I am going to make them fill out a form to record their current grade and whether they have any missing assignments. They also will have to fill out a separate form to track any missing assignments for any class for which they had missing assignments.
You can get a free copy HERE. How do you help hold your students responsible for taking ownership of their grades and getting everything turned in.