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 effort in class to complete assignment and project goals.
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!
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, the total points earned for an assignment are reduced.
Because credit is point-based and cumulative, it is in your best interest to complete assignments even if they are late! Late work is always accepted until the end of the current quarter for 70% credit.
Every assignment/project includes a short list of goals and requirements to meet in order to earn full credit. Follow instructions and complete all parts of an assignment or project to earn full credit! This is 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 quite meet the goals for an assignment, it will be returned to you for revision. You'll have one week to revise during in-class lab time, at lunch, or after school during scheduled open lab. If your revised work meets all goals, you will receive full credit for the assignment with no penalty.
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!
Digital note-taking templates are provided on Classroom for students comfortable with using a Chromebook for note taking. If you prefer to take notes by hand, please make sure you are organizing your physical notes well and keeping them in the same notebook or binder. In the event you miss a day of notes, check Classroom for a video of the notetaking you missed.
Each quarter, you will receive credit for taking accurate notes. If you choose to take notes by hand, you will need to digitize your notes using a scanning app in order to turn them in each quarter.
We use a 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 in class.
You will recieve credit each week for at least one structured assignment, proficiency or production phase (Pre-production / Post-production). Assignments and project briefs + goals are posted on Google Classroom along with their point values and deadlines. Here are some examples:
Each quarter, you will recieve credit for your in-class notes, Feedback Journal, and collected projects. This will usually appear on ProgressBook as a single assignment in the last week of the quarter.
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: 70% of questions correct. Achieving "proficient" on the exam means you recieve full credit for this assignment. Any correct answers over this threshold will turn into bonus points!
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. Seniors can transfer all their data to a personal Google account at the end of the school year to keep the files on Drive from being deleted after they graduate!