My kids are somewhat clueless about grades. They don't typically know what grade they are in (4th and 9th for the record), and they haven't had any experience with letter grades.
Well, since Elijah is in high school now, I've decided to conform to the system in some ways, and I am keeping records and grades. I didn't really want to buy an electronic gradebook, and I knew my tech-savvy husband could make something for me. I gave him a basic idea, and he created a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet for me.
This gradebook is super simple to use. I hope I don't complicate it. Please feel free to ask questions. Here goes!
The first thing we need to discuss is categories of evaluation.
Categories of evaluation include the various ways you evaluate (or grade) your students. Common categories include tests, quizzes, daily assignments, presentations, projects, labs, etc.
There are two options for this gradebook. One allows for three categories of evaluation, and the other allows for four categories.
You must assign a weight (20%, 30%, 40%, etc.) to each category.
Please see the photo below. The highlighted area is where you add the weight. It needs to be in the form of a decimal (20%=0.2, 30%=0.3, 40%=0.4).
The combined weights must be equivalent to 100% or 1.0.
If you understand that, the rest is super simple. Pinky swear.
The second thing you need to know is that you type in your category titles at the top. You'll see in the example below this class included quizzes, assignments, and projects.
The final thing you do is type in descriptions of each quiz or assignment as well as a percentage scored on the assignment.
That's it! The spreadsheet magically does all the math for you. The grade is visible in the lower right corner of the page.
Start a new gradebook for each course.
To print on one page, choose landscape orientation. Choose fit sheet on one page. Super simple.
Are you ready? Grab the FREE gradebooks below!
Gradebook Version 1 (includes three categories of evaluation)
- Gradebook Version 2 (includes four categories of evaluation)
If you found this gradebook helpful, you might want to check out my other high school forms: