Class spreadsheet for teachers

It’s a well-documented fact that I don’t like working with paper. Consequently, I track student attendance, homework and grades via spreadsheets. This year, instead of using Microsoft Excel, I’m using Numbers which comes with iWork ’08 for Mac OSX. Numbers has a pre-configured (US-centric) spreadsheet for educators. I’ve played about with it a bit to make it more relevant… 🙂

I’ve set up the spreadsheet in the following way:

Title

The name of the class/set you teach.

Attendance

This is like a standard gradebook – use /, O or L to indicate Present, Absent or Late.

Homework

Colour-coordinated using conditional formatting. Entering Y, N or L (i.e. Yes, No or Late) makes cells change colour to green, red or yellow respectively.

Assessment

This is entered as a percentage, with less than 60% highlighted in red. Graphs give at-a-glance indication of class performance.

You can download the spreadsheet here:

Class spreadsheet for teachers

(ZIP, 104kb – please note that this will not work in Microsoft Excel!)

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  1. I’ve just come across some great markbooks for KS3 Maths in the UK, they are the ‘Building a Picture’ sheets on http://glosmaths.org/resources.php

    Going to trial using these with our Y9s to really focus on which parts of the curriculum they need to work on in order to move through the levels.

  2. Hi Doug, is there any way this could be used by those of us who don’t have numbers or a mac? Cheers.

    Mark

  3. Glad to see that you have learned the power of Numbers! Really does make it all simple. Now, if I could get it to create an excel VBA thing that I have, I would be VERY happy!

  4. Glad to see that you have learned the power of Numbers! Really does make it all simple. Now, if I could get it to create an excel VBA thing that I have, I would be VERY happy!

  5. I've just come across some great markbooks for KS3 Maths in the UK, they are the 'Building a Picture' sheets on http://glosmaths.org/resources.phpGoing to trial using these with our Y9s to really focus on which parts of the curriculum they need to work on in order to move through the levels.

  6. No problem – I like to share what I do for exactly this reason! :-)

  7. Unbelievably good timing, Doug! As school starts next week, I was looking at revamping my marking system. This is well thought out! Thanks!

  8. Hi Doug, is there any way this could be used by those of us who don't have numbers or a mac? Cheers.Mark

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