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Wednesday, June 13, 2012


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Carrie Deahl


The 3Ps grading system is my favorite way to discuss grades with my students. That said, it is time-consuming, I typically spend the last 2-3 days of each quarter and semester conferencing with students. We have progress reports due every 3 weeks, so I have students informally reflect in their Writer's Notebooks about the grade they believe they deserve and why. I conduct slightly more formal grade conferences with students at the end of 1st and 3rd quarters/terms and then a more formal conference at the end of the semester.

Did you have some specific questions/concerns in mind that I can address for you? Also, feel free to email me at scribe76@gmail.com as I do not always check my typepad comments feed.



Camille Napier bernstein

I'd love to know your thoughts about the 3Ps some three years after implementing it.
I am using it this coming year. Thanks.

Carrie Deahl

Maggie, you bring up some great questions. The 3Ps is pretty overwhelming for students to figure out the first few times we talk about them, and I want them to have a few weeks of school under their belts before I jump into that conversation. Because I grade based on collections of work over individual assignments, we simply don't have enough work done by the end of the first week of school. If I need to, I can give an informal grade check by having students write down the grade they think they deserve at the end of the first week by saying something like, "Think about how much work you've completed this week. Are you caught up with me? Have you followed all of the procedures we've gone over? In the margin of your paper, write the grade you believe you deserve for this week." Then, I would walk around and say things like, "That sounds about right." Or, "I think you need to rethink things." If I push them hard, we will have that first piece finished by Friday, but often, we don't finish until Monday of the second week. So, I could introduce them to the 3Ps close to the end of the second week of school. Rarely do I have students ask about grades at the end of the first week and the kids that usually do ask are Fall athletes who need to know about eligibility.

Maggie Leivas

I notice that you do not introduce students to your grading system until a few weeks into the term? Aren't they wondering about their grades prior to that time? I would imagine they would be asking how they are doing? Also, what is your rationale for waiting and not introducing the first week?

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