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    My mom used to say don't assign if you are not going to grade it. My mom taught K-2 she could say that easily. However, I specialize on the other end (4-5 & 6-8 English). You are not going to grade everything and if you do you won't have a life. My system changes year to year depending on Admin. requirements.

    I pretest (this goes into my gradebook), teach skill and practice(not in the gradebook), then I would finallly test it for my gradebook. I explain to my kids and parents this is what I do.

    Because a few students got wise to my system, I had to make one change So no one would know what practice exercise would make the gradebook. I do check off if the assignment was completed, in the gradebook it would be worth 1 point towards the final, If I decided an assignment would count I would not say until after it was turned in.

    Writing I do a little differently I check for on or two traits at a time for most weeks and every 6 weeks they are "tested" on all traits.

    I let my parents know up front that test count most and if LIL JJ did not do the required practice it may be reflected on his test. They like it because the I try to write my tests in the same formate as the state test.

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