Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 1 - (Page 39)
PROCEDURES, STYLES AND METHODS
BY LETHA BARNES
What’s in a
s educators it is essential that we become proﬁcient in measuring the knowledge acquired by our learners. Learners get excited and feel good about enrolling in school when they get a good grade and positive feedback from their educator. The small “wins” achieved by our students through good grades provide positive reinforcement and build self-conﬁdence. Grading identiﬁes educational progress and measure the knowledge, skills and even attitude of the learners. As educators we must measure how far the learners have come in order to plan their future training. Effective grading procedures also establish fair and understood methods for assessing performance. If learners believe the grading procedures to be fair, they will be motivated to improve their performance.
accomplished through pre-testing and post-testing. Summative evaluation is the process of assigning grades after testing has occurred. Educators generally give tests at the end of each chapter or unit of study. In developing a course of study, educators establish certain checkpoints or gates at which summative evaluation will occur. Educators learn to incorporate both outcome evaluation and summative evaluation into the courses of study they teach.
Educators understand why consistency is important to both the educator and the learner. There is no area in which fairness and consistency are more important than in grading learners. Educators will not only avoid all of the following grading styles, they will take tactful steps to ensure their fellow educators do the same. • Grading by Disposition: Grading by disposition occurs when the educator gives grades according to his mood or disposition at the time of grading. • Grading by Personal Fetish: This type of grading occurs when the educator always targets one detail or skill behavior that is his personal fetish or pet peeve and grades learners down in that particular area. • Grading Without Risk: In this type of grading the educator wants to remain on safe ground so he always gives average grades, nothing too high and nothing too low. continued on page 40
Sample Grading Procedures
Students are assigned theory study and a minimum number of practical experiences in each category of study. The learner’s theoretical knowledge is usually assessed through written testing consisting of one or more of the following categories: true-or-false questions, completion (ﬁll-in-the-blank) questions, multiple-choice questions, matching exercises and essay questions. Practical skills and attitude, on the other hand, are generally assessed using performance evaluation methods, such as Likert scales, rating scales, checklists, performance checklists and rubrics. These are considered teacher-centered methods because they do not involve cooperation of the learner. The educator merely observes and assesses learner behavior or performance of a skill and documents the observations.
When to Grade
Educators must have a plan for appropriate times in the course of instruction to assign grades. O utcome evaluation determines what the student knows after having been taught certain material or skills. This is often
If learners believe the grading procedures to be fair, they will be motivated to improve their performance.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 1
Message from the aacs president and cea co-chairs
Be Your Best Educator
A Wish for Wellness
Beauty changes lives
Perception Is Reality
Step by step
Veterans and Our Industry
Do You Manage or Lead
What’s in a Grade?
Basics of Beauty School Budgeting
A Little Friendly Competition
A student’s perspective
And then there’s compliance
Beauty School Boot Camp
Associate member profiles
People & places
New products & services
Upcoming 2013 events
New school members
Index to advertisers
Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 1