In this program, assignments and projects are creative in nature. The final outcome of a project is often open-ended with tons of opportunities to add your own creative voice and experiences. Letter grades and rubrics don't work well for this kind of creative work, so what you see on ProgressBook reflects meeting or missing deadlines as well as your personal evaluation of the effort you are making in class to complete assignment and project goals.
Several times each quarter, you will complete a short Self-Assessment to reflect on your individual effort, preparedness, and participation for the week's projects and activities. Considerations for this reflection include:
Based on your reflection, you will assign yourself a point value of 1 to 20 points. These points are entered into ProgessBook as a "Student Self-Assessment." You may be asked to explain your reasoning for your decision, but Mr. Weaver will never change your self-reflection grade without asking you to explain it and coming to an agreement about it.
Students who miss two or more classes in a single week are not eligible for that week's self-assessment credit. This means your overall points for the quarter will be lower. Please make every effort to be in class!
Creative industries rely on deadlines every day to shape production schedules and meet clients' expectations. In the Entertainment Marketing program, students are expected to meet deadlines in order to recieve full credit for projects and assignments! Turning in a project on time earns you 5 points of Deadline Credit.
Project and assignment deadlines may be adjusted by Mr. Weaver if a class loses time due to testing schedules, in-school activities, snow days, etc.
If you miss a deadline, you miss out on 5 points of Deadline Credit and a 0/5 will be recorded in ProgressBook. But don't worry! You will be fine as long as you finish the project or assignment and turn it in as soon as possible.
A missing assignment will keep you from earning future deadline credit. You cannot earn Deadline Credit for an assignment unless ALL previous assignments have been turned in.
Every assignment/project includes a short list of goals and requirements to meet in order to earn full deadline credit. These goals are closely connected to the idea of "effort." It is always evident when effort is put into your work.
When planning your projects or working in groups, remember to focus on the primary goals FIRST, then add all the other cool stuff you thought of during your brainstorm... Primary goals are meant to be a starting point for your work that gets you moving in the right direction.
Revising our work is an essential part of the creative process. Creative work is never really finished, and creative professionals often have to choose between delivering on time and completing all the tasks they really planned to do.
If your work doesn't meet primary goals for an assignment, it will be returned to you for revision. You will have one week to revise during in-class open lab time, at lunch, or after school during scheduled times. If your revised work meets all goals, you will receive partial deadline credit (3 out of 5 possible points) for the assignment.
Even if your project meets all the assignment goals, you are always welcome to revise and improve your creations. Revised projects will always get a second screening / listening during class time to show off your hard work, so don't be afraid to jump back in and change something!
We take notes while we learn to help internalize information and gain understanding of new concepts and skills. Please use looseleaf paper for notetaking and keep your notes organized in your course binder In the event you miss a day of notes, check Classroom for a video of the notetaking you missed.
We use a digital Feedback Journal to reflect on each project completed for a course. Just like a sports team watches film after a game, creators look back at their projects to decide what was great and what to work on improving next. You will always have the opportunity to revise a project after feedback from Mr. Weaver, though there may not always be time for revision during class time.
You will receive Deadline Credit for any assignments and projects you complete on time along with your completed Self Assessments. Assignments and project goals are posted on Google Classroom along with their deadlines.
Each quarter, you will evaluate your in-class notes, Feedback Journals, and collected projects. This will take the place of one of your normal self-assessments in ProgressBook.
There are a small number of assignments that only show up once a year. Most important is the end-of-course WebXam, a state requirement for all CTE programs in Ohio. The online exam usually takes place in late April, and it's the only traditionally graded assessment in the program.
WebXams consist of ~40 multiple choice questions covering content specific to your course. A goal for proficiency is set for each exam, for example: 77% of questions correct. Achieving "proficient" on the exam means you recieve full credit for this assignment. If you do not earn "proficient" on your first attempt, you will have a chance to retake the test once before the end of the school year.
As you complete projects in class, you will collect completed work in a folder on your personal Google Drive. You will end the school year with a collection of ALL your finished projects and assignments as well as notes taken and references collected throughout the year. Seniors can transfer all their data to a personal Google account at the end of the school year to keep all files from Drive after they graduate!