Do you use a paper gradebook? I do! I love it and wouldn't give it up for $20. $100 maybe, but definitely not $20. Do you want to give me some grief for it? I'm okay with that. I love my gradebook that much! I also make my own gradebook every year. I just haven't found one I like as much as my own version.
My cover from this past year looked like this:
p.s. our school mascot is the Leopard
and my inside pages look like this
I run copies of my inside pages front and back for the entire year. I then take all these copies and my cover (printed on cardstock to make it a little thicker) to my local Office Depot. They laminate the cover, add a thick plastic back cover, and spiral bind the entire thing for $2.50. Perfection!
Here are just a few of the reasons that I LOVE my paper gradebook:
- I divide my pages by unit and not by 9-weeks, what typically comes in store-bought books
- I print my students' names for each new unit and just paste them into my book. They fit perfectly since I made the original template myself :)
- I color code my gradebook and make lots of little notes to myself about my students' learning during that unit, this just doesn't work as well digital (at least for me)
- we employ Mastery Math at my school, meaning my students take two unit tests and keep their best scores on each section of the test. A paper gradebook allows me to reference all of their scores quickly and easily.
Okay, I said a few reasons, I'll stop now.
Here's a quick and blurry pic of one page from last year. :)
Please let me know if you use a paper gradebook and have any wonderful modification ideas for mine.