#1 Collecting Them
So this is the most typical way that I've heard that people grade ISNs. Collect them and grade them. I did this and used the rubric below. This rubric was used during the first month of school when we only had like 12 pages in. As the year goes on, I would probably change the number of missing pages in the 6/4/2 point categories.
So I like this way because it really holds the kids accountable for their books being complete. I feel that the grade is a accurate representation of what they have in their ISN. The problem, though, is the amount of time it takes to grade them. It's just not something that I could do that frequently. I have seen people use a stamp to help with this and I think that's a good idea so I plan to do that this year. I need to find some more specifics of that idea though because I'm not 100% clear on how it works.
#2 Scavenger Hunt Quiz
This is like the opposite of collecting them because it's so easy to grade. Before using ISNs, this was the way that I would usually check kid's notebooks.
I like this way because it's easy, but I feel like their grade is not quite as representative of everything that is in their notebook.
#3 Open ISN Quizzes
Now this one might be a little stretch on grading their notebook, but I kinda group it in there. When we are learning a new skill I like to give short 3-5 question pop quizzes every few days or so. These take place as their do now and I let them use their ISN on the quiz. They are being assessed not only on how well they know the skill, but on how well they are able to use their notebook as a reference guide. I like this because ultimately my goal is not that the kids write down everything and have a complete notebook, but that they are actually able to use it. Since the quizzes are unannounced, I hope that in encourages the kids to keep their notes up to date.
I also like these frequent quizzes because I want kids to stay up to date with their learning. I don't like it when a kid doesn't realize they are struggling until after they fail the test. Ideally homework would accomplish this type of self-assessment, but kids just don't take it seriously. Grade-wise I don't count them for very much at all, but their value lies in keeping me and the students up to date with where they stand on the topic.
For this coming year, I would like to continue using all three of these assessments. I'd like to come up with a plan though so it's easier for me to make sure I really do it. At the moment this is what I'm thinking:
- Weekly: Open ISN Quizzes
Use these frequently as we are working on new skills
- Marking Period Halfway Point: Scavenger Hunt Quiz
I think that I'd like to have this count for less points that the full collect at the end of the MP
- End of Marking Period: Collect ISNs
Since this grade will be the most complete assessment of all the work they did, I'd like to have it count for the most points
So the part I need to work on though is how to make collecting them as easy as possible on myself. I'd love to suggestions on this if you've got any!