Name: Kevin McColley
School phone: 515-965-9705
How students will be graded:
- Letter grades will continue to be assigned for all courses at the secondary level based on the 0-100 percent scale.
- When utilizing a rubric with four levels of proficiency (Beginning, Progressing, Meeting the Standard, Exceeding), teachers will show the connection between a student’s performance on the rubric to the assigned grade within the 0-100 percent scale. This connection will be communicated at the onset of its use and throughout the learning progression for the purpose of providing feedback.
- Categories/Weighting in Infinite Campus:
- 90% Assigned Projects
- 10% Prep Work
Letter Grade translated to Minimum Percent
F 59 and below
Multiple and Varied Assessment Opportunities
All students have multiple assessment opportunities to demonstrate higher levels of achievement. To that end, the expectation is that students are prepared and ready to take formal assessments (tests) on the date the teacher deems appropriate.
Ongoing learning opportunities for the students will include the following:
- The teacher determines the appropriateness and authentic need for reassessments. Retakes may not be the best method in situations in which the student has not participated appropriately in the learning opportunities.
- The teacher determines the formal and informal formative assessment methods of collecting ongoing evidence of student learning.
At the conclusion of each project after I have determined a grade for each child, I commonly set aside a day to meet with each student 1-on-1. When doing so we will assess informally together how they feel they did; strengths, weaknesses, and areas to maximize their potential. When assessing individually or as a group we’ll cover art standards in which kids will display how they are: (1) generating and planning ideas for artwork, (2) designing and creating artwork, (3) evaluating and presenting artwork, and (4) analyzing and reflecting the influence of art. My goal is to not only develop great artists, but get the students to be mindful of their talents aligned with work ethic through structured planning.
Homework / Independent Practice
Homework is an opportunity for students to practice skills, apply knowledge, review and build on past learning, and extend learning. Homework designed to be independent practice is individualized and based on each student’s progress towards established standards. The purpose of the assignment will determine whether or not a grade is given and will be clearly articulated to students. Through independent learning tasks (homework), students assume more responsibility for their learning and are given opportunities to apply what they have learned to new situations or experiences.
Extra Credit and Bonus Points
To ensure that grades reflect progress toward and achievement of the standards, giving extra credit points or bonus points will not occur in this class.
- The vision of the Ankeny Community Schools is that behavior will be reported separately from academic achievement.
- Behavior expectations for this course: Students will display respect for their peers, the art supplies, and the instructor. If students struggle to be role models for each other, then the instructor will speak to the child(ren) about how their actions could improve in the future.
- If a student struggles to meet required behavior expectations the following will occur: The first conversation will be recorded as a warning to re-evaluate their individual expectations. If a second conversation is needed with the student a referral will be written up for each and every time following including possible additional consequences (such as after school detention, writing a letter of apology to the instructor, being sent to the office to speak with an administrator about the misconduct). If a child does receive a referral, a guardian of the child will be informed of the misbehavior so they may have a follow-up conversation with their child about the struggles so we can figure out how to correct the issue.
Formative and Summative Assessment:
- Formative Assessment: Formal and informal processes teachers and students use to gather evidence for the purpose of improving learning.
- Summative Assessment: Assessments that provide evidence of student achievement for the purpose of making a judgment about student competence or program effectiveness.
Thanks so much for checking out my syllabus. If you have any additional questions, best way to get ahold of me is via email.