Teaching Tip Tuesday – Mark Book

It is very important to have an organized record of the marks you assign your students.

Marks are a personal matter and should not be written down in your Day Book. That’s why it is important to keep a separate Mark Book.

I use a sheet just like this one to record all of the marks I assign. I write my students names in number order and then photocopy this sheet for every strand of the curriculum.

You can download a MS Word version of this tracking sheet here.

There are two rows for each student. On the first row you can record the student’s mark. The second row can be used to keep a running percentage if you choose to do so. I used to do that but it doesn’t really need to be done if you teach the primary grades. Instead I use that second row to put in some codes “w/a” stands for “with assistance” and it lets me know that the student did not complete his or her work independently. I can also write “ND” for “not done” or “I” for incomplete or “A” for absent.

I find that these codes really help me when I scan these marking sheets in order to assign grades when it comes time to write the report cards.

My mark book is in a 1 inch binder and I use a index divider like this one. I assign each number to one particular strand of the curriculum. That way, I can easily flip to that tab whenever I need to add a mark for a student.

The first three tabs I use for school info, staff meeting minutes, and any initiatives I need to keep track of.

The rest of the tabs are used for the individual strands of the curriculum. For example I use #4 for Reading, # 5 Writing, # 6 Spelling # 7 Oral Communication # 8 Media Literacy # 9 Math drills # 10 Math – Number Sense # 11 Math – Measurement # 12 Math – Geometry # 13 Math – Patterning and Algebra # 14 Math – Data Management, etc.

This way I have a separate mark sheet for each unit. I find that this system really helps me keep track of all the marks I will need to be able to write the report cards.

I also like all of this in a binder so I can take out whatever sheet I want to record marks on and attach it to my clipboard. I can quickly walk around the room and add marks this way. I can also take a load of work and my binder with me so that I can input marks wherever I chose to.

It’s a handy way for me to keep all my marks organized and together. I also find that this system works great during the parent-teacher interviews as I can show these marks to both the parents and the students. Missed assignments and blanks really stand out this way and can be eye-opening.

I also level everything so that my marks in this book need to do be converted or averaged when it comes to write report cards.

I hope that you are finding these series if tips useful. If so, please leave a comment below or consider writing a guest post to share some of your best teaching ideas.

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2 responses to “Teaching Tip Tuesday – Mark Book”

  1. Hi Chase:

    Here are a few sites that I've been finding useful lately:

    leveled writing at any grade level and genre:
    I've been using the writing prompts so that my students can compare their work to the work that is available on the net. They are starting to look at their own work and determine how they could improve it! They can look more critically at the work without worrying about offending someone else's feelings.

    Another writing website with grade level material
    Writing from graphic organizers –
    again organized by grade level, genre and paired a graphic organizer to assist with the writing. I love how you can scroll over the "tips" on the right area and it is highlighted in the text for the students.


    Write your own comics:
    Write your own comics, using the Amulet, Bone and Goosebumps (a little gory) Series characters:

    That's all for now….
    Hope you find something useful,

  2. Hi Anonymous,

    Thanks for sharing. I will check those sites out in detail tomorrow. They look really good.

    Maybe I could twist your arm into writing a guest post to share some of your best practices. I've had two guest posters so far and would love to see some more here.

    Please click on "My Profile" at the bottom of the right sidebar to find the link to my email. Write a post and email it to me.

    I would like to hear from more teachers so if you teach and want to share, this is an open invitation for all of you.