Note to Parents: 21st Century Life Skills has a NO HOMEWORK policy!Students are participating in a classroom economy with daily quiz challenges drawn from the economics lessons taught in Brainpop. Individuals have the opportunity to work collaboratively to figure out how to improve quiz scores and earn cash daily. Read on for more information on grading as it applies to this course.Grading for Sixth Grade 21st Century Life SkillsStudent data is collected throughout the entire program and a final proficiency grade is assigned at the end of the cycle. Throughout the cycle students will be observed and assessed in the following areas: Participation, Responsibility, & Problem Solving. ***It is important to note that a vast majority of the students will receive a final grade of "P" proficient as this is generally their first introduction to the study of economics.I explain to the students that they really are studying “College Level” material and that they should not feel overwhelmed by the subject matter. Some of our lessons cover the very same material taught in our High School's AP Economics course. My goal is to make them comfortable understanding money and the curriculum found in Standard 9. My mission as a teacher is to spark a passion for the study of finance and economics, not create stress over a numeric grading system.Most should expect to see a grade of “Proficient” but that is much more than the word denotes. We are holding back AP or Advanced Proficient for that rare student that really demonstrates a passion for this area of study so as to not diminish the meaning of “Advanced Proficient”. The analogy I use is that of a swimmer on a swim team. You can be a great swimmer, but that doesn’t mean you swim every race, in every event, in world record time. It’s OK to be a good swimmer, especially at this age.Grades on the report card are expressed as a level of proficiency as indicated below.Final Class Performance Grades Reflect Summary of Cycle Daily Effort
AP (Advanced Proficiency)
- Student participates positively and responsibly in class activities and shows an interest in learning or doing more in the subject area.
- Student demonstrates mastery of skills and applies the concepts presented in class.
- Student’s attitude is very positive and is always cooperative with peers and teacher.
- Student goes above and beyond what is expected – is an asset to have in class.
- Student participates positively and responsibly in all class activities.
- Student demonstrates a good understanding of the concepts and skills presented in class.
- Student demonstrates a positive attitude and cooperates with peers and teacher.
PP (Partial Proficiency)
- Student usually participates in class activities and acts responsibly.
- Student shows areas of weakness in skills and difficultly understanding concepts presented in class.
- Student sometimes showed poor attitude toward subject and/or was uncooperative with peers or teacher.
LP (Limited Proficiency)
- Student was negative or irresponsible when participating in most class activities.
- Student did not demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and skills presented in class.
- Student demonstrated a negative attitude, minimal effort and did not cooperate with peers or teachers.
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