Description: This article is about Focus Portal. It mainly tells us that all the teachers need to set up their gradebooks. The following steps are to determine their gradebook references, then to configure the gradebook, at last to create category. The teachers can also get help from the trainers for setting up gradebooks.
The beginning of every school year, all teachers need to set up their gradebook whether they are brand new teachers to the school district or a returning teacher. The correct setup of their gradebook depends on their specific teaching assignment. However, there are three basic steps that all teachers need to follow in order to configure their focus gradebook.
The first step is for teachers to determine their gradebook preferences. This is where they will make selections to change the way of the data displayed to best suit their needs. Some selections may include renaming course sections such as Lang arts-reading for elementary academic teachers, changing the color scheme and the date formats as well as combining sections in the same period for taking attendance or combining sections for the gradebook by period or custom groups.
The second step is to configure the gradebook. When teachers configure their grade books, they are customizing the appearance and settings. Brand-new teachers will see the default settings which includes the options to weight grades by assignment category and display percentages in the grade book.
We strongly recommend that all teachers leave the weight grades by assignment categories checked as this will allow them to create weighted categories. Even if they only have one category that is weighted 100%. This is also where k1 and special area teachers will click to select to use only letter grades rather than points in the gradebook which allows them to enter the OS NU grades.
The third step is to create category. Utilizing categories is useful for weighting assignments as a percentage of the final course grade. Teachers need to make sure that the total of the category weights is equal to 100%. While this has been a brief overview of configuring the gradebook for the new school year. There are other options available which may be beneficial for teachers but were not discussed.
Every school has three for focus teacher trainers who can answer teacher questions and provide them with a detailed checklist based on their teaching assignment. This checklist will further assist teachers with configuring their gradebook.
Teachers should check with their schools administration to find out who the trainers at their school are, there are also videos located in office 365 that provide additional assistance. Please check the MIT D Focus gradebook video channel for a list of those videos.