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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Students and parents
Educator gradebook for solo teachers
Here is where you create and grade assignments, see a listing of all your assignments, set up grading options for all your classes and submit grades to administration.
In the left navigation bar, select the term and class you want to create an assignment for. Press the Add Assignment button in the top left orange rectangle. In the Add: Assignment screen, fill in the following information:
In the left navigation bar, select the term and class you want. To the right you will see a gradebook-like grid. Press the blue Grade button below the assignment you want to grade (press the blue right arrow to grade the assignment in the "By Assignment" screen). Below the assignment will appear empty boxes in a column. Enter grades in the column and press Save. If you want to mark the assignment as Excused, enter an "E". Such an assignment will be excused from grade calculations and will not punish the grade. If you want to mark an assignment as Missing, enter a "M". This will give a student a "0" and will adversely affect their grade.
Navigation hint: Use the tab key to navigate down the column of grade-entry fields. Click enter on the keyboard once you're done entering grades. This will press Save. No mouse needed here!
Here is where you can grade assignments individually. You can add comments to individual assignments. Comments are posted for students and parents. Also, you can download assignments uploaded by your students. Finally, you can create new assignments by clicking "Add Assignment" in the upper left.
Here is where you can see all the grades a student has for each assignment in a class. Also, you can add comments to individual assignments, which are posted for students and parents. Finally, you can download assignments uploaded by your students.
Here is where you can see a list of assignments for each class. Each assignment also shows its description and any uploaded files associated with it. You can also create assignments by clicking "Add Assignment" in the upper left. Finally, you can grade assignments by clicking on the blue arrow.
Here is where you see the final grades that are calculated for all the terms or subterms for an individual student. You can override those grades and enter comments. Also, you can enter grades for additional skills that are associated with a class.
Here is where you see the final grades that are calculated for terms or subterms. You can override those grades and enter comments. Also, you can enter grades for additional skills that are associated with a class. Finally, you can Lock the grades.
To see the final grade that is calculated for a term or subterm, first select the name of the term or subtem in the selector pulldown (in the top left orange rectangle). Then click on the name of the class in the left navigation column.
If you would like to give a student a grade different than that calculated by the software, you can override the calculated grade. Just click on the name of the class in the left navigation column. Then go to the override grade column. Enter the required grade and press Save. If you like, enter a comment in the Comment column. The comment will then appear on the student's report card.
If you override the calculated grade with a non-calculated grade such as W (withdrawn) for a particular subterm, that particular subtem will be skipped when calculating an overall term grade. For example, if a student gets 90% for First Quarter and 100% for Second Quarter (and each quarter is weighted 50/50 in calculating a semester grade) then normally the student would get 95% for the semester grade. However, if the First Quarter grade is overridden with the uncalculated grade of W (withdrawn), then a student would get 100% for the semester because the First Quarter would then be skipped in calculating the semester grade.
If the class had additional skills (the additional skills are added in the Classes screen in ThinkWave Administrator), the skills will appear underneath each student's name in the Finalize & Submit screen. Since grades for additional skills are not calculated, but always assigned, this is the only screen in which to assign the grades. Use the Override Column to assign the grades and comments. Grades for additional skills will also appear in the report card.
You can lock a class (in a specific term) by clicking Lock Grades. This will lock the final grades and comments for a class (although you can still add and grade assignments, the final grade still won't change.) The administrator will get the indication that the class has been locked. If you need to unlock the class, ask the administrator to Unlock the class in their Final Grades screen.
Here is where you set the grading options for your classes.
This is where you set the grading options for your Terms, Subterms and Classes. Click on the name of the class in the left navigation bar. Then, to set up your options, work from the top, left to right. First set the first column: Step One: How Grade is Determined for the Term. The possible settings are:
If you want the settings for one term to apply to other terms, check the box for the appropriate term next to "Also apply this setting to:"
Next, set the second column: Step Two: Calculation Options for the Term. The possible settings are: