A system of evaluation is necessary in the classroom. It is important to choose a
system appropriate for the subject being taught, the environment the students are
learning in and how the students learn in general. If the system that is chosen will not
suit those factors, learning can be hampered. But by selecting a system that is beneficial,
learning can be greatly enhanced. In creating a system three areas need to be looked at:
criteria, assessment, and grading.
There are many criteria that can be used in judging an individuals performance.
These criteria must be explicit and can not favor any particular group of people. For
example, someone can't be judged by how much they talk in class for a couple reasons.
First a student could just talk garbage and get rewarded. Second, some people have a
very hard time speaking in class. This is not fair for the people with that difficulty.
better solution to for that problem would be what a student contributes to the class. This
could range from sharing opinions and feelings to merely paying attention and not
disturbing others. Another criterion that should be judged is effort. This can be very
hard to judge, but it is necessary. A piece of work just at the last moment should receive
a lower grade than a complete piece of work. Judge these kind of assignments can be
difficult because some students don't require as much time to produce the same quality
work as another student. Ideas is a criterion that would be essential because it shows that
a student is thinking rather than just blindly throwing ideas on to paper. Judging ideas
would also aid in evaluating effort. Other criteria that would be included are timeliness,
spelling, attendance, and following directions. These criteria are fairly...