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January 22

posted Jan 22, 2013, 7:01 AM by Peter Knowles
The last week of the first semester has arrived. 
We don't have a typical final in class this week, but we are using the time during these final days to review and revisit much of the information we've come across this semester by reviewing and perhaps re-doing earlier assessments. 

When you  look at your graded assessments, use the following items to help you find areas for improvement. 
The scoring guide at the top: 
This shows your scores on all the different details that were required for the assessment. Any area that scores less than a 4 can be improved. If you're trying to quickly improve your score, look for scores of 0, 1, or 2 to see where you really missed the goal. See if you can understand what's missing, and work on that first. 
Also look at the totals at the bottom of the three columns at the right. (Check Mr. Knowles' math first). Notice the percentages at the bottom. The lower totals are the easiest to improve and to improve your grade. Focus on those first.         
There will usually be comments just below the scoring guide giving you some ideas about broad areas where you could make improvements. 

Mistakes noted in Red
Anywhere you find a red highlight, it's there to let you know about spelling, capitalization, sentence, grammar, or other technical mistakes in your writing. You need to examine each one to find the needed corrections. Get help from a classmate if you can't figure some of them out. 
Wherever you find yellow highlighting in your assessment, it links to a comment on the side that explains a question, correction, or suggestion for improvement. You should be able to understand what it means, but asks for help if it doesn't make sense. In some cases, you may disagree and keep things the way they are. In other cases, you'll decide to make changes as suggested. Either way, you can click the Resolved link when you're done and it will disappear. 

If, after reviewing an assessment, you decide you want to make corrections, changes, or even whole revisions on it, go ahead and do so, using the same file that was shared with you. DON'T MAKE A COPY TO CORRECT. USE THE ORIGINAL YOU RECEIVED IN YOUR EMAIL. This REALLY speeds up the regrading process.

When finished, and you're ready to submit it for scoring, follow the instructions in the ReGrade DropBox form. 

Now that you know how to deal with a returning assessment, check your school email folder to find any that have been returned. 

Spend the rest of the week making changes, if you like, to resubmit any by Thursday at midnight. 

If you are happy with your scores and work, you can spend your time:
  • Working more on your explorer's slideshow from last week
  • Helping other students make revisions in their writing
  • Writing a "Best Works" essay for advisory for the best of the assessments you've received back.